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ARAVICH Danielle
Sport Para athletics, Para cross-country
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age25
Place of BirthBoise, ID, USA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47
Further Personal Information
Residence
Bozeman, MT, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Media Professional, Model
Languages
English
Higher education
Business, Marketing - Butler University: Indianapolis, IN, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para athletics in January 2019, taking up sprint events, following a four-year break, having previously competed in long-distance able-bodied athletics in high school and during her first year at university. "Even though it is technically the same sport I've done at a high level in college and high school, going from distance running to the 400 was a very big change. I basically felt like I was learning a new sport. I definitely prefer longer distances."
Why this sport?
"I grew up playing sports and always able-bodied sports, so since I was missing my hand, and was competing against able-bodied athletes, I've never wanted someone to look at me and think, 'Oh, she only made the team because she has one hand' or, 'Pity clap for the girl playing with one hand'. I never wanted people to look at me and think that I was any less of an athlete because I was physically different than the rest. I've always had it ingrained in me that I needed to prove myself to others to be the best athlete that I could be."
General Interest
Nicknames
Dani (Instagram profile, 11 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Photography, hiking, snowshoeing. (strongharmony.com, 10 Sep 2019; onehandclicks Instagram profile, 30 Dec 2020)
Hero / Idol
US American football player Peyton Manning. (strongharmony.com, 10 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Your only limit is you. My goal in life is to accomplish greatness, and for me I think that will be through sports." (Instagram profile, 03 Jan 2021; strongharmony.com, 10 Sep 2019)
Other sports
She has also competed in Para Nordic skiing events and won titles at national level in the United States of America. (teamusa.org, 04 Mar 2021; paralympic.org, 29 Jan 2021)
Ambitions
To compete in the T47 400m at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and in Para Nordic skiing events at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (paralympic.org, 29 Jan 2021)
Impairment
She was born without her left forearm. (sportmanagementhub.com, 06 Sep 2019)
Other information
WINTER AND SUMMER ATHLETE
In addition to competing in Para athletics in the 400m sprint, she also competes in Para cross-country skiing and aims to make the US team for both the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. She admits it can be difficult balancing training for both, particularly with the two Games taking place six months apart due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "It's two completely different systems. If you think about the Nordic [Para cross-country skiing], it's long-distance, anaerobic sustainability. For the sprinting, it's just the fast-twitch. So bringing the two together simultaneously is not necessarily beneficial to one another despite what people think when they first hear the two. Trying to qualify not only for my first Paralympic Games but for a Summer and a Winter with only six months apart, originally thinking we had 18 months apart, is quite a feat. But I would never want to look back 10 years from now and be like, 'Oh, well, I made the Winter Games in 2022. Amazing, but I might have been able to make the Summer too. Why didn't I go for it?'" (paralympic.org, 29 Jan 2021; msn.com, 02 Feb 2020)

EMBRACING HER IMPAIRMENT
She said she struggled to accept her impairment as a child, but eventually grew to embrace it. "I went through issues of self-confidence throughout my younger teen years, as most girls do at that age. I was scared boys wouldn't want to date me because of my arm, and I was scared going in public because I did not want strangers to ask questions. In high school I fully embraced who I was and what made me different. It was at this age I stopped wearing my prosthetic arm and allowed my small arm to be seen in public. I realised a prosthetic would never make me truly the same as those other kids. My prosthetic was heavy, irritated my skin, and had no function. It was time to embrace my small arm and stop hiding it. I went to college far from home, and I was nervous having to make friends again and go through the process of people getting used to my arm. Luckily, I again had an easy transition. I made Halloween costumes related to having one arm, like a shark attack victim and Nemo from 'Finding Nemo'." (lovewhatmatters.com, 01 Jan 2017)

AMBASSADOR
She is an ambassador for Be More Adaptive, an organisation that helps people with impairments by promoting a more inclusive society. (Instagram profile, 25 Sep 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
10 2021 400m T47 1:03.76