April 12, 2011 06:00 PM by Allyson Wells
Petra Nemcova has become a contender after a rough start on Dancing with the Stars. After she was able to get into the aggressive character needed for the Paso doble, judge Carrie Ann Inaba remarked that she had hit her stride. While Petra tries to always smile, she is working through immense physical pain.
After surviving the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, Petra was left with physical injuries. She spoke with Life and Style Magazine about how her pelvis was broken in four places and had severe internal injuries. “It’s mind-blowing and fascinating how much you have to push yourself to actually be able to do one step. I don’t have very good balance, my back is arched-which is bad because a dancer is supposed to be straight-and my pelvis turns in.” The stress of these injuries is what has caused Petra the most trouble so far on the show. “I’m just nervous about the physical challenges.”
Petra established the Happy Hearts Fund, which helps children in the wake of natural disasters. This helped her to cope with the loss of her fiance, Simon Atlee, to the tsumani. She chose the Josh Groban song “You Raise me Up” last week as her inspirational song and hopes that it will inspire others facing such natural disasters to keep going. Petra wants to keep dancing as long as she can to raise awareness. “I am no like, if there is a problem, it will get fixed-I will just keep on going.”
Tune into Dancing with the Stars on Mondays at 8 pm and Tuesdays at 9 pm on ABC to see Petra keep dancing for her cause.
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