Purdy wins Sochi bronze while preparing for DWTS

American snowboarder Amy Purdy had a strenuous routine in Sochi — on the mountain in the afternoon, then dancing at night.

For the effort, Purdy earned an Olympic bronze medal in the inaugural event at the Sochi Paralympics on Friday. Now she's gearing up to win a sparkly mirror-ball trophy, making her debut as the first double-amputee to take part in ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

Professional dancer Derek Hough flew to Russia to perfect their ballroom bond, preparing for potentially several weeks of samba, tango and cha-cha-cha. On Monday, they'll arrive at a Los Angeles television studio for more practice.
— Associated Press

Amy Purdy of United States celebrates her 3rd place in the women's para snowboard cross, standing event at the 2014 Winter Paralympic, Friday, March 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Amy Purdy of United States competes during women's para snowboard cross, standing event at the 2014 Winter Paralympic, Friday, March 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia

Amy Purdy of United States competes during women's para snowboard cross, standing event at the 2014 Winter Paralympic, Friday, March 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy and Dancing with the Stars dancer Derek Hough rehearse for the competition. (Photo by Adam Larkey/ABC via Getty Images)

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Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy and Dancing with the Stars dancer Derek Hough rehearse for the competition. (Photo by Adam Larkey/ABC via Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 7

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 14: Bronze medalist Amy Purdy of the United States celebrates during the medal ceremony for Women's Snowboard Cross Standing on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 7

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 14: (L-R) Silver medalist Cecile Hernandez Cervellon of France, gold medalist Bibian Mentel-Spee of Netherlands and bronze medalist Amy Purdy of the United States celebrate during the medal ceremony for Women's Snowboard Cross Standing on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 7

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 14: Amy Purdy of the United States competes during the Women's Para Snowboard Cross Standing on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 7

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 14: Amy Purdy of the United States competes during the Women's Para Snowboard Cross Standing on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy and Dancing with the Stars dancer Derek Hough rehearse for the competition. (Photo by Adam Larkey/ABC via Getty Images)

Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy and Dancing with the Stars dancer Derek Hough rehearse for the competition. (Photo by Adam Larkey/ABC via Getty Images)

Amy Purdy of United States competes during the women's para snowboard cross, standing event at the 2014 Winter Paralympic, Friday, March 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia

Amy Purdy of United States competes during the women's para snowboard cross, standing event at the 2014 Winter Paralympic, Friday, March 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 7

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 14: Gold medalist Bibian Mentel-Spee (L) of the Netherlands and bronze medalist Amy Purdy of the United States celebrate during the flower ceremony for the Women's Para Snowboard Cross Standing on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 7

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 14: Bronze medalist Amy Purdy of the United States celebrates during the flower ceremony for the Women's Para Snowboard Cross Standing on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 7

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 14: Amy Purdy of the United States looks on during the Women's Para Snowboard Cross Standing on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 7

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 14: Amy Purdy of the United States competes during the Women's Para Snowboard Cross Standing on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 7

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 14: Gold medalist Bibian Mentel-Spee (C) of the Netherlands poses with silver medalist Cecile Hernandez Ep Cervellon (L) of France and bronze medalist Amy Purdy of the United States during the flower ceremony for the Women's Para Snowboard Cross Standing on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 7

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 14: Bronze medalist Amy Purdy of the United States celebrates during the flower ceremony for the Women's Para Snowboard Cross Standing on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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