04:51 PM EDT 10/20/2014
Originally posted 05/01/2014 09:50AM
How the Paralympian overcame her life-threatening illness to inspire millions on DWTS
Originally posted 04/29/2014 07:00PM
Amy Purdy wowed the audience during Monday's Latin-themed Dancing with the Stars with a high-scoring rumba. But something went awry shortly after she and partner Derek Hough finished their routine, making it painful for her to breathe.
"I really overworked the right side of my back in this dance all week," the double amputee Paralympic snowboarder, 34, told PEOPLE on Tuesday, following a night of receiving emergency treatment. "The hospital took X-rays and everything looks good, but a rib is out of place and the muscles are in spasm."
Purdy says the rumba was a challenging dance because the movements required her to hold her shoulders down and use her right side for stability and twisting.
Originally posted 04/28/2014 10:40PM
Originally posted 04/23/2014 08:00PM
For paralympian Amy Purdy, there are the "everyday feet" and, now, the dancing feet.
During a break in rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars, Purdy, 34, whose legs were amputated below the knees when she was 19, displayed the special prosthetics molded to fit high heels.
"I wasn't able to get the hip motion with my everyday feet," she tells PEOPLE. "So I decided to try these other feet. I originally got these just thinking they were a little bit prettier and I could wear a taller heel and maybe for a tango."
When she attached them, "It freed my hips up so that I could move how I wanted to," she explains.
Originally posted 04/21/2014 10:25PM
Get ready to par-TAY!
Monday night's Dancing with the Stars showcased party anthems, with guest judge Redfoo from LMFAO helping to weed out the ho-hum from the fun.
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd entered as the charmed couple after getting a perfect score on Disney week, while Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas were just holding on and Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke hoped that audience scores would prop them up for another week.
Except, that didn't happen.
Originally posted 03/24/2014 10:25PM
Monday night's Dancing with the Stars kicked off with a selection of surprises.
Not only did contestants learn right at the beginning that there was a double elimination to take place during the show, but the leader board's lowest scorer Billy Dee Williams – whose face expressed fear of being sent home – was saved almost immediately, and went on to dance a 15-point tango with Emma Slater that judge Len Goodman said "didn't have enough attack."
Before getting to the unfortunate two who were forced to bid adieu, here's a recap of how the night went overall:
Originally posted 03/18/2014 06:00PM
Losing her legs hasn't slowed down inspirational Dancing with the Stars season 18 contestant Amy Purdy, who amusingly points out the perks of competing for the mirror-ball trophy with prosthetic limbs.
"If [other contestants] break a leg they're out of the competition. But if I break a leg I'll just get a new one," she told PEOPLE Monday night at her DWTS debut.
The snowboarder, 34, who lost both legs below the knee at 19 following a life-threatening bout of bacterial meningitis, stunned the judges with her masterful cha-cha, which the jet-lagged athlete delivered just three days after winning the bronze medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Originally posted 03/18/2014 12:40PM
Derek and Julianne Hough are on the move, and they want you to join them.
Originally posted 03/17/2014 10:35PM
Another season of Dancing with the Stars kicked off on Monday night, with no shortage of fancy footwork to hit the ballroom.
Although the night consisted of many highs from a number of talented contestants, it was Olympic gold medalist ice skating partners-turned-DWTS-competitors Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who gained most of the buzz leading up to the show's 18th season.
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