Amy Purdy and her dance partner/choreographer, Derek Hough, garnered enough votes from the public after their week one performance to avoid being one of the two teams eliminated in week two. Purdy Hough scored a 24/30 for their first dance. You can watch their Cha Cha Cha from March 17, 2014 on ABC.
On week two’s show (which aired March 24, 2014), Purdy and Hough showed off their skills and enthusiasm with an entertaining Swing dance. Their hard work earned them another 24/30.
According to her own website, Purdy lost both of her legs below the knee as a result of Bacterial Meningitis. She was only 19 at the time. Now 34 years old, Purdy carries many titles that showcase her talent and achievements. In addition to her many other endeavors, ABC reports that, "Purdy is the Co-Founder of Adaptive Action Sports, a non-profit organization which helps disabled youth, adults and wounded veterans get involved in action sports," and that "AAS was instrumental in getting adaptive snowboarding added to the 2014 Paralympic Games."
Purdy actually had to train for Dancing with the Stars while competing at the Paralympics in Sochi. When the Los Angeles Times asked her how she did it, she replied, "I started my day off by snowboarding for four hours. Then I'd do a little physical therapy on my legs. I'd then take three gondolas down from the Athlete's Village to meet Derek and we would run back to his hotel to dance for 3-4 hours and I would do it again then next day for about four days in a row." You can read more about Amy’s first week on Dancing With the Stars in the Los Angeles Times.
Purdy won bronze in the first ever snowboarding competition at the Paralympics. And now she hopes to win the mirror ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars.