Noah Galloway, a double amputee U.S. Army veteran, wowed the judges and brought the audience to tears during 20th season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars.” In 2005, Noah Galloway lost his left arm and left leg when a roadside bomb went off next to his vehicle during a patrol in Iraq.
“This is the biggest challenge I have ever faced as a choreographer,” Noah’s dance partner Sharna Burgess said in a video package that aired before the rousing performance.
After their performance of the cha-cha it was time to hear from the judges. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba particularly was fighting to hold back tears as she praised the veteran.
“First of all thank you for challenging yourself … my heart is still beating and I’m not quite sure what to make of it,” she told Galloway. “And secondly, I want to thank you for challenging me as a judge … it was profound and you’re broadening my scope of what dance looks like.”
As reported by The Blaze, Judge Bruno Tonioli said of Galloway, “Noah, you are a titan amongst men. You have a presence that is unique.”
Judge Len Goodman added that Galloway not only inspired the judges, but America as a whole ending with, “Noah, I salute you. Well done.”
Galloway does in fact inspire outside of the dance hall, having appeared on the cover of Men’s Health and speaking openly about his story. Galloway proves his motto “No Excuses Noah” is more than just a catchphrase.