Year Nominated: 2010
Year Inducted: 2010
Muffy Davis was a promising young ski racer who despite suffering a devastating and career changing injury at the age of sixteen, went on to become one of America's leading international adaptive skiers at World Cup, World Championship and Paralympic competitions.
As a child she was a contemporary of Picabo Street and trained with and raced against her while growing up in Sun Valley, Idaho. In February 1989 she skied off course during downhill training at her home ski area suffering extreme spinal damage. The seriousness of her injuries was daunting for her at that time and she made the decision to step away from skiing to focus on her education. She was her high school's valedictorian and went to on to graduate from Stanford University.
However, being away from skiing had left a void in her life and she continued to work on her mono skiing. In 1995 she was introduced to the right equipment at one of Sarah Will's adaptive skiing camps. She became a ski racer again.
Despite experiencing significant paralysis, which took her longer to acquire the right skills, within three years she qualified to compete at the 1998 Paralympics and won a bronze medal. Two years later she won a World Championship gold medal. In 2002, at Salt Lake City, she won three Paralympic silver medals. Over the course of her career she won seven World Cup titles, including two back-to-back overall titles in 2001 and 2002.
Like Hall of Famers, Jack Benedick, Diana Golden, Chris Waddell and Sarah Will, Muffy Davis is an outstanding example on how to turn a set back and serious challenge into an opportunity. She has become a much in demand motivational speaker working for Coca Cola, Hewlett Packard and the World Health Organization, to name a few international organizations who have contracted her services.