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Amy Purdy should be declared the winner of this season of DWTS now! She is a true inspiration and an amazing dancer. Especially considering that she had both of her legs amputed below the knee when she was 19.
Watching Amy on DWTS Monday was amazing. If you missed it, here is the video. And below the video, more of Amy's story.
Snowboarder Amy Purdy won the bronze medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Three days later, she was in the “Dancing With the Stars” ballroom with pro dancer partner Derek Hough wowing the crowd and judges with her Cha Cha on the premier of Dancing With The Stars Monday night, March 17, 2014.
Purdy, who lost both legs below the knee at age 19 as a result of Meningitis, proved to be as inspiring a performer on the dance floor as she is on the slopes.
Purdy and Hough finished the “DWTS” season premiere tied for third place with two other couples. Watch part of their performance—and judge Bruno Tonioli’s priceless reaction—above. “How do you do it,” he asks, calling her “Wonder Woman”
The top ranked adaptive snowboarder in the U.S., Purdsy is also a three-time World Cup Para-snowboard winner and co-founder of the non-profit Adaptive Action Sports, which helps disabled youth, adults and wounded veterans get involved in action sports. She also works as a motivational speaker.