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DWTS Champ Receives College Diploma at 39

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The Dancing With the Stars season 13 champion has received his college diploma. JR Martinez, who won the Mirrorball Trophy alongside pro Karina Smirnoff, shared the news on Instagram.

“Diplom in hand…means it’s officially #collegegrad,” Martinez captioned his post. Details of his diploma were not made clear, so Heavy Martinez asked for comment.

Martinez shared a few pics of himself holding his diploma with a big smile on his face, clearly proud of his accomplishment. Fans took to the post’s comments section to congratulate him as well.

Here’s what you need to know:

Martinez is a combat veteran who served in the Army. On his official website he says he was hit by a roadside bomb in 2003 while “patrolling Iraq”.

“The vehicle loaded with explosives ejected the three other soldiers in the car, leaving me alone inside. I thought my life was over but I survived. In the years since the accident, I’ve had over 34 different surgeries, including multiple skin grafts and cosmetic surgeries,” he explained.

After his tenure, Martinez has achieved pretty much everything he set out to do. From winning Dancing With the Stars to writing a book — to graduating from college — Martinez has accomplished amazing things over the years.

Fans were very happy for Martinez and shared his joy by replying to his post in the comments section.

“Congratulations. Hard work pays off. Just amazing,” one person wrote.

“Congratulations, Jr., I’m happy for you and your family! You did it and I hope that one day I will follow your example,” added another.

“Damn yes!! A good way to pursue and destroy your goals,” said a third Instagram user.

“Yay!!! Congratulations! I graduated at 40 and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done,” read a fourth comment.

A lot has happened for Martinez since winning “Dancing With the Stars” in 2011. He married in 2018 and now resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Diana and their two children, Lauryn and Leo.

Martinez has always been full of praise for his time with DWTS, which has undoubtedly been a major highlight of his life to date.

“I had a great time on the show. The experience gave me a whole new platform and introduced me to my wonderful fans. Not to mention that after my time on the show, it was an honor to be asked to serve as the grand marshal of the 2012 Rose Bowl Parade,” he wrote on his website.

As for what’s next on his agenda, Martinez has been training to run the 3M half marathon, which takes place on January 22, 2023.

“I like running very much. It is therapeutic for the body and mind. At this stage of my life I have more time for something I enjoy. Race day is my reward for all the miles I’ve accumulated over the past few months. I had to exert myself mentally and physically throughout my training. I kept telling myself that I can do things that I don’t want to do or that I think I can do. It is important to understand that we never stop exercising our mind and body. It’s a journey,” he captioned an Instagram post on Jan. 15, 2023.

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