Paralympian Amy Purdy Gets Standing Ovation On DWTS (VIDEOS)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

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Paralympian Amy Purdy Gets Standing Ovation On DWTS (VIDEOS)

March 18, 2014 Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM EST

NATIONAL (21Alive) -- Dancing With The Stars premiered last night and Amy Purdy, the double-amputee Paralympic snowboarder, received a standing ovation from the crowd and impressed the judges.

Five-time Dancing With The Stars champ, Derek Hough, went to Sochi to rehease with Purdy. Purdy would train in the morning and then go to the Olympic Village to rehearse. According to Hough's blog, Olympians on the show usually have some time between the Games and rehearsal but for Purdy, they were simultaneous. Watch the first performance below:

Purdy lost bother of her legs at 19 to meningitis and went on to become a world champion in adaptive snowboarding and competed at the recent Paralympics for Team USA.

Purdy told ABC News that DWTS is "a great opportunity to show people not so much what I personally can do, but rather to show them that the only true disability is in our minds."

Purdy spoke to ABC on behalf of Duracell. The company is sharing inspiring videos celebrating the enduring human spirit. Purdy's video was just released a couple weeks back. Check it out.

"When disease took my legs, I eventually realized I didn't need them to lead a full, empowering life," Purdy said.

She is the third athlete to appear in Duracell's "Trust Your Power" video series.




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