“Welcome to my mad scientist lair,” Amy Purdy says wryly, approaching a workbench in a quiet office tucked away at the base of Copper Mountain in Colorado. She begins tinkering with a workshop full of snowboards, boots, bindings, prosthetic feet, carbon fiber legs and machined wedges, all weapons in her perpetual battle to balance pain and performance on the mountain.
It is three weeks before snowboarding will make its Paralympic Games debut in Sochi, Russia, and Purdy, a self-proclaimed “fembot,” is fidgety.
“I take it straight to my tibias if my setup isn’t perfectly dialed,” she explains. “It literally rattles my bones.” >> Full story via ESPN.com.