At just 19 years old, Amy Purdy lost both of her legs to bacterial meningitis. Despite the way her life flipped upside down suddenly, Amy never gave up. In fact, as her biography states, she “challenged herself to move on with her life and attain goals that even those who have both legs struggle to achieve.”
Amy went on to become one of the best Paralympic snowboarders in the world, taking home the bronze medal in Sochi in 2014. She has also hosted TED talks, founded a non profit, and was even featured in a Madonna music video.
In 2014, Amy also competed on Dancing With The Stars. On a 2015 appearance on Oprah’s show SuperSoul Sunday, Amy opened up about her decision to compete on the show, with Oprah calling it “a spiritual quest.”
Amy admitted that she had no dancing experience at all when the producers from DWTS called her. Still, she says, she knew that she loved music and had enough internal rhythm to give it a shot. Like many other competitors, Amy confesses that she was really nervous before starting, and thought there was “no way” she would be able to do it.
Despite her doubts, Amy and her professional dance partner Derek Hough made it all the way to the show’s finale and took second place.
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