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Double amputee contestant wows on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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Bronze medalist Amy Purdy of the United States celebrates during the flower ceremony for the Women's Para Snowboard Cross Standing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games March 14 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images) Photo: Video by Getty Videos

Double amputee contestant wows on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Mar 18, 2014

Last Friday, 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 Monday night.

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.
 
Hough had traveled to Sochi to rehearse with Purdy during the Paralympics.
 
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.
 
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.