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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – After Amy Purdy accepts her Paralympic medal Friday night, she will catch a flight to Los Angeles the following morning and prepare for her next competition, on a dance floor with millions watching her every step.

Purdy won bronze as snowboarding made its Paralympic debut on Friday morning. She's been doubling up her training while in Sochi, riding a snowboard in the morning and learning dance moves at night with "Dancing with the Stars" partner Derek Hough, who flew to Russia.

They compete Monday in the show's season premier.

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During Friday's competition, she said at times she rode conservatively because of choppy conditions. "Today was more about staying upright, having fun and riding as smooth as possible with the conditions," she said.

Bibian Mentel-Spee of the Netherlands won the snowboard cross gold and Cecile Hernandez Cervellon of France took silver.

"I had a pretty challenging time, more challenging than I was expecting," said Purdy, 34, the only double amputee in the field of 11 women. "The conditions this morning were choppy and icy and fast, which makes it a little bit harder for me to absorb with my legs. … For me it was just about playing it smart today and that got me on the podium."

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Purdy said she's had great response from fans after it was announced she'd be on DWTS.

The show will provide a platform for Purdy, who hopes there's increased focus on the abilities, rather than the disabilities, of amputees. "We all have different levels of abilities, whether you're missing a leg or not missing a leg," she said last week. "It's nice to be able to represent people who deal with obstacles or physical challenges who maybe question what they were capable of."

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