LONDON -- Paralympic hand-cyclist and Sun Valley native Muffy Davis won gold Friday at the 2012 Paralympics in London.

Davis competed in her second of three handcycling events, winning her second gold medal in as many tries.

You might remember Davis from her time competing in the Winter Paralympics. Now she's making a name for herself in the paralympic summer games.

From surviving to thriving - that's how Muffy Davis tells her story.


In the late 1980's, Davis was one of the best junior ski racers in the U.S.

I wanted to be a champion; I wanted to be the best -- so when my coaches said, Jump! I said, 'How high?' Davis told KTVB in an interview in 1998.

Davis was on track to compete in the Olympics, but a skiing accident changed that path. Yep, that's the tree, Davis said as she held the helmet she wore during the accident. There is actually bark on it.

Davis broke her back, losing feeling from her chest down.

I always say, 'Every paralympian has an amazing story, because everyone's been through some tragedy and they haven't let that stop them to becoming the best that they can be,' said Davis during a phone call from London.


A decade later, Davis' Olympic dreams came true when she competed in the Nagano, Japan Paralympics. Davis skiied away with a bronze medal. In 2002 she competed in Salt Lake City, winning three silver medals.

Then Davis made the comeback she never thought she would: she traded her skis for a bike. Now in her first summer games, she continues to excel.

The time trial went really well better than expected, and I ended up winning by over two minutes, Davis said. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that.

That was just Davis' reaction after her first gold medal. Her second came Friday in the road race.

It's been amazing, Davis recounted. It is a really hilly and technical course, which plays to my strengths, so I have been very lucky and fortunate.

With Davis doling out such a dominating performance, many ask if she'll race in Rio in 2016.

I would love to go to Rio, Davis said with a smile in her voice. I think it would be an awesome experience. I never say 'never.' I just hope my body holds out. I'll be 40 this year, so who knows. I didn't anticipate making this comeback.

Before Davis can set her sights on future events, she'll have to complete her final race in London. One more race, keep those golden thoughts coming, said Davis.

Her last race is the hand-cycle relay Saturday. She says her relay team hasn't lost yet, but they'll still keep an eye out for the Swiss and Italians.

The two gold medals Davis won in the Paralympics aren't the only medals she's won this year. In May she won three World Cup Gold Medals in Italy. Then in June she won four more gold medals at the World Cup Races in Canada.

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