Amy Purdy Reveals Why She Has Advantage on 'Dancing With the Stars'

PHOTO: Amy Purdy and Derek Hough perform on the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars on March 17, 2014.

Amy Purdy wowed the audience Monday night when she took the "Dancing with the Stars" dancefloor and scored a 24 on her first week, placing her among the top of the leader board.

Not only did the champion snowboarder dance with just a few days of preparation (She was still in Sochi for the Paralympics until this week), she also danced on two prosthetic limbs.

"DWTS" judge Carrie Ann Inaba called Purdy, 34, "a beacon of light," and said she was blown away.

But Purdy is more than class, talent and inspiration - she's funny too! She joked with People magazine about the advantages of dancing on prosthetics.

Read: 'Dancing With the Stars' Amy Purdy Says 'Only True Disability Is in Our Minds'

"If [other contestants] break a leg they're out of the competition. But if I break a leg I'll just get a new one," she told People.

Purdy's partner Derek Hough added some humor.

"We're going to have these James Bond prosthetics made, where you push a button and a bit of oil squirts out for other dancers," Hough said.

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 told ABC News last week that "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."

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