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Amy Purdy to drive Daytona 500 pace car

Amy Purdy

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 14: Bronze medalist Amy Purdy of the United States celebrates during the flower ceremony for the Women’s Para Snowboard Cross Standing on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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Amy Purdy will drive the Daytona 500 honorary pace car on Sunday, less than a month after she appeared in a Super Bowl commercial, and less than a year after she won a Sochi Paralympic bronze medal and was runner-up on “Dancing With the Stars.”

“This is another opportunity to try something new and be bold in my own life,” the snowboard cross rider Purdy said in a press release.

Purdy, 35, survived bacterial meningitis in 1999 but lost both her legs and later needed a kidney from her father at age 20.

She built her own snowboard and is seen as instrumental in getting snowboarding into the Paralympic program. A model, she’s been in a Madonna music video and on “The Amazing Race” in 2012.

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