Jami Goldman Marseilles is a mother, teacher, author, multiple gold medal winner, world record holder, motivational speaker, and double amputee. Her remarkable chronicle of redemption began on a fateful day in December 1987. Driving home from a ski trip in New Mexico, Jami, 19, and her friend Lisa found themselves on a deserted Arizona logging road in a blinding snowstorm. After sliding into a snow bank the women found themselves stranded and alone, huddling for warmth in their stalled, now buried Chevy Blazer while the storm raged on. It was a week before they were chanced upon by two recreational snowmobilers. Barely conscious and severely frost-bitten Jami and Lisa were rushed to the hospital.


While she had barely escaped death, Jami now had to face the horrendous implications of gangrene in her legs and both were amputated below the knee. Thus began her remarkable journey of recovery. With characteristic determination Jami endured months of painful therapy, strengthening her upper body, and relearning how to walk with her prosthetics. But in typical fashion, learning to walk again was not enough. In 1996, after watching the Paralympics Games, Jami decided to become a professional Paralympic runner herself. Fitted with “Cheetah” legs, she took naturally to running and soon began to compete internationally.


Not only is she the holder of numerous world records and multiple gold medals, Jami is currently the only “double below the knee amputee” woman in the world to have successfully completed a half marathon and full marathon. UP AND RUNNING, The Jami Goldman Story, 2001, Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster is a powerfully candid, uplifting, and inspiring account of Jami’s extraordinary triumph over adversity and her personal transformation from the victim of tragic circumstance to world-record breaking athlete, author, and motivational speaker.


Jami lives in Orange County, CA with her husband Beau, and two children. She is an elementary school teacher, author of two books, has featured in two major motion pictures, (one produced and directed by Steven Spielberg), and a highly acclaimed Adidas footwear commercial. With her indomitable spirit and incredible story of survival, Jami teaches others how to use the power of body, mind, and spirit as a catalyst to conquer adversity and reach new levels of well-being and happiness.

Book An Experience With Jami Marseilles

  • What is your favorite quote? "Pain is temporary, quitting is forever" Lance Armstrong
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? When I crossed the finish line at The Chicago Marathon on October 11, 2015, I became the first woman in the WORLD with my disability to ever complete a marathon.
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? I enjoy spending time at the gym, running, going to the beach, movies, reading, hanging out with my family, playing with my dogs, philanthropic work with my charity, Warriors With Hope.
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? My grandfather, he worked from the young age of 10 and continued to model how that incredible work ethic will take me far in life.