Athlete, Actress and Design Innovator
Aimee Mullins has built a career as an athlete and advocate for women, sports and the next generation of prosthetics. She was born without fibular bones and had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was an infant and learned to walk on prosthetics. As the first person in the world to use “Cheetah” sprinting legs, she competed on Georgetown University's Division I track team, the first amputee in history to compete in the NCAA. She later represented the US at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, and has set world records in the 100m, 200m and long jump. Her achievements have put her among the "Greatest American Women of the 20th Century" by the American Women's Museum. Mullins has been featured on National Public Radio in the US and is a popular speaker on TED websites. In 2011, she became the new face and global ambassador for L'Oréal. She will represent Team USA's Olympic and Paralympic athletes as Chef de Mission for the 2012 Games in London.