Mullins world wide recognition was first as an athlete. Very early on in her life she was born without fibulae in both legs, upon this discovery she was told by doctors that she would never walk and had to spend the rest of her life using a wheelchair. After Aimee’s first birthday doctors amputated both her legs below the knee at an attempt to gain any independent mobility. Mullins did not let this aliment stop her; as the time passed she learned how to walk using her prosthetic legs in which she spent her childhood partaking in sports such as soccer, swimming, biking, softball and skiing.
After high school Mullins received a full academic scholarship to Georgetown University from the Department of Defense. While at Georgetown her passion to compete in sports was rediscovered. She had her eye set on making the US team for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. With the help of Frank Gagliano, one of the country’s well respected track and field coaches, she became the first amputee in history whether male or female to compete in the NCAA. Mullins went on to set world records in the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump.
- Chef de Mission for the U.S. Paralympic Team at the London 2012 Paralympic Games
- World record holder
- Women’s Sports Foundation Board of Trustees Member
- Women’s Sports Foundation Athlete Advisory Panel member
- Women’s Sports Foundation former President
A graduate of Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service, Mullins became the first athlete with a disability to compete against athletes without disabilities as part of an NCAA Division I track team. In 1996 she set world records for leg amputees in the 100m, 200m and long jump.
Awards and Recognitions
In 2007, Mullins was named one of the “10 Most Inspiring Women” by Self Magazine. For the past two years Mullins has celebrated National Girls and Women in Sports Day by ringing the NASDAQ closing bell and lobbying Congress. Mullins was named USA Track and Field’s Disabled Athlete of the Year and the National Association of Women in Education’s Woman of Distinction in 1997. She was featured in an exhibit at the Women’s Museum in Dallas as one of the greatest American women of the 20th century. Mullins was included in Irish America’s 1999 “Top 100 Irish Americans” for the third consecutive year. Mullins was also listed in HBO’s list of “Up and Comers” (actresses) to watch in 2004 and was named one of Jane Magazine’s 1999 “10 Gutsiest Women” and People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World.” Mullins has also received a Special Achievement Award from the National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation. Most recently in 2008, the actress and model was featured on billboards, Web sites and print ads in Kenneth Cole’s “25 Years of Non-Uniform Thinking” campaign. In February 2011 Mullins was named L’Oreal’s global brand ambassador.
In Mullins making her mark in the sports world she has also excelled in the fashion/ modeling world. After having a 10 page feature in the introductory issue of Sports Illustrated for Women, the world began to take notice of Mullins. This feature opened many doors for her. Legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen invited Aimee to make her runway debut in 1999 during London’s Fashion Week. This helped solidify her entrance into the fashion world. She has graced fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, W, Glamour and Elle.
Her positive influence has lead her to be apart of many non- profit organizations. Mullins served as a trustee in the Womens Sports Foundation and from 2007 till 2009 she served as the foundation’s president. After her stint at the Womens Sports Foundation she was the vice president for J.O.B, the nation’s oldest non profit employment service for the disabled. Lastly she is a founding member of the Leadership board to SPIRE Institute, which is the world’s largest and most diverse athletic development center.