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    I agree that Louie was cute as a bug and a lot of fun--but, as you said, a great dancer he wasn't. I also agree that the young woman has a lot of courage to start snowboarding and be successful at it. I just meant that even if she has the courage to do that and is good at it, the courage might transfer to the dance floor but the success might not. Some athletes have done very well on the show and some have not. It all depends on whether they have, as you point out, musicality and rhythm and performance ability (which can pick up votes for dancers who aren't as skilled), which certainly aren't required by all sports and which aren't held in equal portions by all athletes, or all human beings, for that matter.

    The dance floor may be just as comfortable an arena as a half-pipe for her. I have no idea. There's just no way of telling whether it is or not until we see her.
    True dat.

    The thing that crossed my mind is that --- being a pro athlete --- she'd most likely be more able to stand up to the rigors of ballroom dancing much better than the average bear, I think!

    EVERY season, I always have to SMH and LOL, because, somewhere, someHOW, at least ONE dancing greenhorn celeb is interviewed who says (in SOME way, shape, form, or fashion!): "This is a LOT tougher than I thought it'd be! This is NO joke!"

    Athlete, or actor, musician, etc., they ALL kind of seem to be humbled PRETTY QUICKLY by that deadly ballroom floor!

    And nope, just because you happen to be an athlete, that's no guarantee that you'll do well on here.

    Case in point, this very last season.

    Bless his heart, I don't even recall the pro football guy's name, but, shoot, did he even last three shows?

    And, if viewed as a whole and overall, pro football players have represented themselves and their sport VERY well on this show, as a whole.

    I'm BIG-TIME interested to see how Amy'll do, and hope she goes far!
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    Was last season's football player out first? I do remember that when he went out, he was very gracious about it.

    There really doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason as to why certain athletes do well and why others don't, because they generally seem to be a fairly determined lot. They're not immune to injuries either, though you'd think they'd be in the best shape of all the contestants--wasn't it Misty May who went out early injured? Not to mention poor Dorothy Hamill.

    Speaking of Hamill, I was thinking that the former skater they really need to get is Debi Thomas, though I doubt she'd be interested. She wasn't particularly interested in being in the public eye when she was skating and always wanted to go into medicine, which is what she did. But that's why they need her--she's an orthopedic surgeon who does a lot of work with athletic injuries, and if ever a show needed an on-call specialist in orthopedics, it's DWTS.
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    Interesting point about Debi Thomas, tilden. I knew she became a physician though I didn't know she is an orthopedist. I always liked her and would enjoy see her here though I don't know if she'd be interested.
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    Re: Amy Purdy & Derek Hough - Season 18

    Quote Originally Posted by Florimel View Post
    Interesting point about Debi Thomas, tilden. I knew she became a physician though I didn't know she is an orthopedist. I always liked her and would enjoy see her here though I don't know if she'd be interested.
    I seriously doubt that she would be. She was already serious about pursuing a medical career while she was an elite skater, and she spent very little time skating professionally. She now has a successful practice in Illinois, so I don't know that she'd really feel she had the time to do DWTS or would want to if she did. Besides, the only skaters DWTS has gone after are Olympic gold medalists (Kristi, Evan, Dorothy, and now Meryl and Charlie), I suppose because they feel they're the only ones with general name recognition.

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    She is already a winner, she won bronze in Sochi! well done Amy
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    Wow! I was amazed at how well she could move, though I shouldn't be, since maneuvering a snowboard is no small task.

    I was fascinated by the fact that she can't feel her feet and yet could place them so well. It seemed obvious once she said it (of course she can't feel them), but it was something I'd never thought about before. She's very graceful. I hope she goes far. I can't wait to see what's next.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss_Griss View Post
    Wow! I was amazed at how well she could move, though I shouldn't be, since maneuvering a snowboard is no small task.

    I was fascinated by the fact that she can't feel her feet and yet could place them so well. It seemed obvious once she said it (of course she can't feel them), but it was something I'd never thought about before. She's very graceful. I hope she goes far. I can't wait to see what's next.
    That amazed me as well -she cannot feel her feet but she said she just learn where to place them..I had to rewind that to hear her again..
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    From the rehearsal package it sounds like she not only lost her lower legs, but her kidneys and spleen as well. I read that her father donated one of his kidneys to her so she could live a normal live without having to undergo dialysis all the time. This young lady (and to a lesser extent her father) are truly great role models.
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    She certainly doesn't lack for courage and determination. Regardless of a silly mirror ball trophy, she is a true role model for handicapped and non-handicapped alike.
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    Re: Amy Purdy & Derek Hough - Season 18

    Quote Originally Posted by Florimel View Post
    She certainly doesn't lack for courage and determination. Regardless of a silly mirror ball trophy, she is a true role model for handicapped and non-handicapped alike.
    Yeah, she had me crying and getting onto myself for way too much whining.
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