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TEDxBloomington -- Muffy Davis -- "Different Does Not Mean Less"

Muffy Davis is a World Champion disabled ski racer, having won more than 25 World Cup titles, two Overall World Cup victories and 4 Paralympic Medals.She has been recognized by numerous organizations for her skiing and athletic accomplishments, including the International Olympic Committee, The Paralyzed Veteran's of America and The Challenged Athletes Foundation. She is currently one of 10 athletes worldwide invited to serve as Ambassadors for the International Paralympic Committee.Muffy is a graduate of Stanford University, where she majored in Human Biology, with a concentration in Disability Studies. In 2002 she became the first female paraplegic mountaineer to summit a peak over 14,000′ when she successfully climbed California's Mt. Shasta with three other paraplegics using a device called a SnowPod. Since then, she has successfully climbed Colorado's Pikes Peak two times in her wheelchair. She is active in many sports including: mt. biking, river rafting, waterskiing, scuba diving, swimming, weight training, horseback riding and handcycling.In 2005 and 2006, Muffy and her husband, Jeff Burley, spent 9 months traveling the globe volunteering with non-profit organizations in developing countries helping teach sports and recreation to people with disabilities, proving the only limits any of us have are the ones we place on ourselves.Muffy's latest and greatest adventure is that of becoming a mother. She gave birth to her daughter, Glenda Noelle "Elle" Davis, December 22, 2008. At TEDxBloomington, Muffy startled us with her opening: "It's a great time to be disabled!" and proceeded to explain how our only limits, able-bodied or disabled, are the ones we place on ourselves. She told us of a number of self-realizations she had after her ski accident, and now acts as an important motivator and inspiration for others. About TEDx In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBloomington, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBloomington event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
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