Snowboarder Amy Purdy with Dancing with the Stars partner Derek Hough.
Snowboarder Amy Purdy, who finished third at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, and partner Derek Hough finished second on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars tonight. The Mirror Ball Trophy went to Meryl Davis, a 2014 Olympic gold medalist in ice dance, and her professional dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
(Davis' ice dance partner Charlie White finished fifth on Dancing with the Stars.)
Purdy and Davis competed against actress Cameron Bure, best known for playing D.J. Tanner on Full House, and her partner Mark Ballas. Bure was eliminated earlier in the Tuesday finale, pitting two of Team USA’s top athletes against each other for the prize.
While David joined Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi as figure skaters who have won the reality show competition, Purdy is the only Paralympic athlete to ever compete. Two of her final dances (salsa and the Argentine tango and cha-cha-cha fusion) were scored a perfect 30 while her freestyle received a 29.
Doctors gave Purdy a two percent chance to live when she contracted neisseria meningitis, a form of bacterial meningitis, and had her legs amputated below the knee at age 19. She later received a kidney transplant from her father.
At 34, she won a bronze medal in the debut of women's snowboard cross at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, and competed on Dancing with the Stars just three days later. She never scored lower than an eight for any performance. In Week 8, she recorded her first perfect individual score for the Argentine Tango.