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Posts for tag: DWTS

By Varun Gujral
May 21, 2015
Category: Amputation

Dancing with the Stars is one of the most popular television shows to date and it’s attracting contestants of all shapes and sizes. And the dances they do are surely not made for the faint-hearted—meaning, if you’re not in good shape these dances will get the best of you. Noah Galloway was not going to let what has happened to him hinder him from competing—and nearly winning—in the star-studded television show.

Noah Galloway is a double amputee. He is missing part of his left lower leg and left arm. You would think someone like him would not be able to dance with the sports’ finest. Well, he proved everyone wrong. Not only did he compete, he and his partner took 3rd place! That is absolutely astonishing to me! What makes it more interesting is, dancers usually approach their partner from the left side. But, since he has an amputated left arm (above the elbow), his partner, Sharna Burgess, had to “learn” to dance on his right side. So in all aspects of the competition they were at a disadvantage but they did not let that get between them. I’m not taking anything away from anyone who is an amputee whatsoever, but to see Galloway dance, twist, lift, bend, and whatever else he had to do, in my opinion, puts him on top of one of the greatest dancers I’ve ever seen.

Dancing in and of itself is an extremely tough sport. When you’re missing part of your leg and arm I would imagine the difficulty increases one thousand fold. That’s obviously a very subjective statement, but I’m fairly positive any amputee would agree. Noah Galloway was a Sergeant to the 1st Battalion of the 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. From everyone at Affiliate Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ we want to thank you for your service and everything you have done for our country and congratulate on such a great performance in this season of Dancing with the Stars!

By Varun Gujral