Noah Galloway, a double amputee and former soldier who lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee after a 2005 roadside bombing in Iraq, finished third during the May 19 finale of season 20 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (DWTS).
The 33-year-old Birmingham, AL, native, who has become a distance runner, personal trainer, model, and motivational speaker since his military injury, and his professional DWTS partner, Australian ballroom dancer Sharna Burgess, ended the season with a dance mash-up that included the Cha Cha and the Argentine tango.
The pair finished closely behind winners Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy and second-place finishers Riker Lynch and Allison Holker.
Galloway, who ultimately decided not to use a prosthetic arm during the DWTS competition, wore a computerized prosthetic leg with microprocessor settings that he can reset via a Bluetooth link to his laptop. The leg was designed by his prosthetist of nine years, Eric Eisenberg, CPO, owner of BioTech Limb and Brace in Birmingham. Eisenberg also consulted on-set with Galloway, Burgess, and DWTS producers on the clinical feasibility of specific dance moves for his longtime patient.
Galloway added to awareness of what amputees can achieve by competing on DWTS oftentimes with his left pant leg cut off above the knee so the audience had a full view of his prosthesis.