Isn’t the pic above gorgeous? Derek Hough tweeted it last night of he and his partner Amy Purdy and titled it with “From Russia with love. Fresh off the plane from Russia and @amypurdygurl is looking stunning”…and that she IS!!! Wow!!
Also, don’t miss heading to Pure Derek Hough to read some new interviews with Amy gearing up for tonight. We’ve put an excerpt below with one from ABC. Also, Derek helped to choreograph and danced for the NIKE Training Tour in Los Angeles over the weekend. Here’s to tonight in seeing these two lighting us up and adding (thanks Dee): showing us that “The only true disability is in our minds”!!!
“I’m really looking forward to it,” she added.
Purdy, 34, is paired with 5-time and returning champion Derek Hough, which she said “takes pressure off.”
“He’s a pro in every sense of the word and I’m so thrilled to have him as my partner,” she told ABC News. “Knowing how talented he is makes me think that if I just do the best I can with everything he tells me, and ‘follow his lead’, I’ll be all set.”
Purdy lost both 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.
Like others before her, Purdy said “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.”
She added, “If we can see past preconceived limitations then the possibilities are endless. I’m here right now in Sochi, amidst truly remarkable people from all over the world, each of whom has a story of overcoming big challenges. Being on the show, if I can be just a tiny catalyst in getting people at large to see people with physical challenges a little differently that would be a great honor.”
The biggest challenge for Purdy might be a lack of prep time.
“I have very little time to get ready for the first show because my focus right now is the finish line in Sochi,” she said. “So, Derek has his hands full in getting the most out of our first dance with very little time for practice. I’ll have to make some adjustments to my prosthetics, but I’ve got great people helping with that.”