LI gym refusing to return amputee pro athlete's equipment, lawsuit charges

Runner Amy Palmiero-Winters attends the 31st Annual Salute to Women in Sports gala at The Waldorf-Astoria on October 12, 2010 in New York City.
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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Long Island gym refused to return professional athlete and below-knee amputee Amy Palmiero-Winters’ equipment after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to close in March, “severely compromising” her ability to train, a new lawsuit charges. 

Palmiero-Winters, who lives in Hicksville, bought more than $2,000 worth of equipment that she needed to train at CrossFit CAMO in Farmingdale between May 25 and July 2 of last year, a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday says. 

But when the gym temporarily shuttered in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its owner refused to return the equipment she’d left there, the suit claims. 

“Ms. Palmiero-Winters’ equipment unlawfully remains at defendant’s gym to date,” the suit says. “As a result, Ms. Palmiero-Winters has been unable to train as is required, which has severely compromised her career and caused extreme emotional distress.” 

The gym’s owner “intentionally and maliciously exercised unauthorized control and dominion over Ms. Palmiero’s exercise equipment, in derogation of her ownership rights," according to the suit.

Palmiero-Winters, whose lower leg was amputated after a motorcycle accident in 1997, “competes in marathons, tough endurance races… Iron Man Competitions, and similar grueling events,” the lawsuit says. 

She won ESPN's ESPY award for “best female athlete with a disability” in 2010, and has served as a mentor and role model for “countless amputees throughout the world,” the suit adds. 

The gym didn’t immediately respond to request for comment on the lawsuit. The New York Post first reported on the suit.