Dancing through the Stars viewers have praised the show"s first-ever blind contestant Danelle Umstead for she "inspiring" dance.

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The 46-year-old contestant – one athlete who has actually won three Paralympic copper medals in alpine skiing – made she debut on the ABC show during Monday"s premiere (September 24).

"As an alpine skier, I"m able to charge under the mountain at as much as 70 miles every hour – without being able come see. My husband guides me down the mountain and one of mine proudest moments is win a bronze medal at the Paralympic games," she described in her video package.


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"Now I have actually a new an obstacle and that an obstacle is dancing."

Danelle"s pro companion Artem Chigvintsev said: "When Danelle called me the she is blind, the an initial thing i thought, "How am i going to teach a blind person exactly how to dance?"

"This is hands down the biggest difficulty I"ve ever had on the show."



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Danelle added: "Because ns can"t see, ns touch Artem"s shoulders or his legs to feeling the movement and paint myself a picture."

Following Danelle and also Artem"s foxtrot to Andra Day"s "Rise Up" – for which they score 18/30 – fans of the present have expressed their admiration and support ~ above Twitter.


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Artem deserves huge props, as does miss out on Danelle. The was therefore beautiful and inspiring. #DWTS

— william (
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Wow! Danelle say thanks to you, the means you relocate without been able come see? You space so motivating #DWTS

— Daniela Torrico (
LDanielaTorrico) September 25, 2018
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Awww, that was flawless. What a an excellent choreo by
artemchigvintse & Danelle danced beautiful
DancingABC #DWTS

— 🇳🇬 Uzo 🇺🇸 (
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ok, I"m absolutely impressed. Both Danelle for dancing that and also she did, and Artem because that training her and he did. #DWTS

— lara (
lmk_nyc) September 25, 2018
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Wow, #DWTS... Danelle is a blind skier & determined to confront the odds with ballroom dancing. 😭 the bond & performance with her companion was beautiful.

— involved to the bucks 💚💍🦌✨ (
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"Artem deserves enormous props, as does miss Danelle. That was therefore beautiful and also inspiring," one wrote.

"ok, I"m certainly impressed. Both Danelle because that dancing that and also she did, and also Artem for training her as well as he did," tweeted another.

"Wow! Danelle give thanks to you, the way you move without to be able come see? You room so inspiring," a 3rd fan tweeted.

A fourth shared: "Danelle and Artem I"m accurate crying appropriate now! that was such a beautiful dance! Danelle, you walk girl! Artem you room such a an excellent teacher!"


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Artem is underrated as a pro and Danelle has actually so much courage 보다 I will ever be able to muster up. #dwts

— Labanya 💛 (
lalalalabanya) September 25, 2018
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As a dancer/artist
ABC kudos come Artem because that pushing the boundaries and creating a an excellent piece through Danelle #DWTS #dance

— Duane Starr (
D_Starry) September 25, 2018
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Danelle had in tears... The was magical #DWTS

— --jordan-- (
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Danelle and also Artem were absolutely beautiful. And...I feel incredibly bad for Sharna. Wow, simply wow. #DWTS

— Traci (
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I’m influenced by Danelle and also her story. I have no words. Just....wow. #DWTS #DWTSPremiere

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