EXCLUSIVE: DWTS’ Amy Purdy Opens Up on How She Turned Tragedy Into Triumph

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Having your legs amputated at the age of 19 is a life-altering tragedy that would be difficult to bounce back from. Unless you are Paralympics bronze medalist Amy Purdy, who is currently dominating on this season’s Dancing with the Stars.

“My legs haven’t disabled me at all,” Amy tells In Touch, “if anything, they’ve enabled me – they’re the reason I continue to challenge myself.”

After contracting a form of bacterial meningitis and losing her legs, as well as her kidneys, hearing from her left ear, and part of her left lung, she ended up leaving the hospital with a fighting spirit.

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Since her procedures, Purdy done things people can only dream of doing. She starred in an indie movie, a Madonna music video, and competed on season 21 of The Amazing Race with boyfriend of 10 years, Daniel Gale.

Most notably, she began snowboarding, a sport she had taken up at 15 years old just seven months after receiving her prosthetic legs.

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Recently, she competed at the Sochi Paralympics and won her first bronze medal for the women’s snowboardcross event.

Three days later, she traded her snowboard for dancing shoes and was competing for DWTS’s famed mirror ball trophy with five-time winner, Derek Hough.

Amy Purdy Sochi

Amy Purdy DWTS

This just goes to show that setbacks can only lead to triumph. At least in the case for Amy Purdy who says, “You don’t know how strong you are until you’re forced to find out.”

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- Jasmine Amjad/@jamjad_

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