Muffy Davis – A Detoured Dream Renewed by Determination


mid_muffy_101112~3When Muffy Davis was a teenager, she was a talented and avid skier with hopes of competing in the Olympics. But in February 1989, that all changed when Muffy had a ski accident that left her a paraplegic. Devastated, she turned to other activities. But eventually, her passion for skiing resumed, and she decided to return to the sport by learning to use a mono-ski (a special ski for paraplegics). After much hard work and determination, Muffy restored her Olympic dream by mono-skiing in the 1998 and 2002 Paralympics!

Today, Muffy boasts several medals and awards for her incredible skiing accomplishments. In addition, she now participates in several other sports, does community service, and is a motivational speaker, spreading her message of success through determination! To learn more about Muffy, see the video and the additional resources below.

Here’s a video about Muffy and her amazing accomplishments.

Additional Resources:

  •  Here’s a link to Muffy’s website.
  •  Here’s a link to an article about Muffy and her accomplishments.

 Topics for Discussion:

  • What would it be like to become disabled? How would your life change?
  • What did Muffy need to do in order to ski again after becoming disabled?
  • What traits does Muffy have that have enabled her to succeed in sports despite her disability?

Take Action:

  • Check out the Get Kids Going website to help disabled kids be able to play sports.
  • Check out the Angels With Special Needs website to help people with disabilities.

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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