Even if you don’t “Dancing with the Stars,” this season is inspiring for one reason: Amy Purdy. The 34-year-old is dancing better than most of us could, and she has two prosthetic legs.
At 19, she survived a form of bacterial meningitis that resulted in organ failure, loss of both kidneys, her spleen and her legs below the knees. Her father donated his kidney to her.
According to Wikipedia, Purdy later became an award-winning snowboarder. She won a bronze medal in snowboard cross for the U.S. in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.
Watching her dance with professional Derek Hough is just incredible. Here’s a link to what happened last night. Funny man Drew Carey was eliminated, but Hough and Purdy are going strong. They earned 38 points from the judges and are second only to Olympic gold ice dancer Meryl Davis and her DWTS partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy — who received four 10s for their tango.
Davis’ ice dancing Olympic gold partner Charlie White and his professional DWTS partner Sharna Burgess are tied for third with “The Wonder Years” star Danica McKellar and pro dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy – he is Maks’ brother.
It’s halfway through the season, and competition heats up from here. With all this talent, the grand finale should be fascinating.