Okay all you “Dancing with the Stars” fans…. after 18 seasons, it’s usually interesting to see which stars are featured on the show. For the first-time ever, the ABC show has casted a Paralympian! Meet Amy Purdy, double-amputee.
Amy will be partnered with reigning professional champ, Derek Hough. She is a double-amputee snowboarding champion who lost both of her legs at age 19 to meningitis. Amy is a world champion in adaptive snowboarding and a motivational speaker.
Hats off to “Dancing with the Stars,” for casting Amy – we are pulling for her to win the Mirror Ball Trophy!!
Amy Purdy partners with Derek Hough.
Amy Purdy had a typical childhood until losing her legs at 19 as a result of Meningitis, which has led to an adulthood of extraordinary accomplishments. Currently training for the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, she is the top ranked adaptive snowboarder in the U.S. and three-time World Cup Para-snowboard winner. 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. AAS was instrumental in getting adaptive snowboarding added to the 2014 Paralympic Games.
Purdy’s positive outlook has opened many doors to other opportunities including being featured in a Madonna music video, a lead acting role in an award winning independent film and multiple modeling projects. She is an accomplished motivational speaker who has shared her story with audiences around the world. In 2013, Purdy was named by the International Olympic Committee as one of the top 15 most marketable Para-athletes in the world.