Amy Purdy shows she can still do wonderful things on the dance floor. She wowed fans and judges on "Dancing With the Stars,” when she did the cha-cha with dance partner Derek Hough. According to People, March 18, 2014, Amy didn’t let anything stop her from trying.
Amy may have two prosthetic legs, but that didn’t slow her down on Monday’s performance. She told People, "If [other contestants] break a leg they're out of the competition. But if I break a leg I'll just get a new one."
Amy’s determination to let nothing stop her from doing things almost brought tears to one judge’s eyes. After Amy’s performance, Carrie Ann Inaba said that Amy is a “Beacon of light in this room.” Another judge, Len Goodman praised her as well, "You got a bronze medal in the Olympics, you got a gold medal in the cha-cha-cha." He went on to say that she would be judged just like anyone else in the competition.
Amy just got back three days prior to the premiere of DWTS. She had been in Sochi, Russia where she competed in the Paralympics Winter Games. She won the bronze medal.
Amy had bacterial meningitis and she lost both her legs below the knee at the age of 19. "Once I lost my legs and I lost my ankle movement, I had to figure out different ways to [snowboard]. I found that it's more about using the rest of my body. And with dancing it's kind of similar. We're figuring out what can we do to accomplish that same movement. It's just being creative with the situation."
Derek said, "We're going to have these James Bond prosthetics made, where you push a button and a bit of oil squirts out for other dancers.”
We wish Amy good luck in the competition on "Dancing With the Stars."