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FIGLEY Chelsi
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age39
Place of BirthSalem, OH, USA
Height1.43 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Columbiana, OH, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Social Work Studies - Case Western Reserve University: Cleveland, OH, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began powerlifting in 2008 at age 26 in Boardman, OH, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She initially joined a gym to try and lose weight and improve her fitness, but soon decided she wanted to compete. "I was good at it and it had nothing to do with my chair."
Name of coach
Butch Schovanec [national]; Brian Raneri [personal], USA
Training Regime
She trains at the Workout Center in Columbiana, OH, United States of America.
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Games
Location
Kuala Lumpur, MAS
General Interest
Nicknames
Chels (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Hobbies
Reading, spending time with friends, watching television, sport. (Facebook page, 11 Oct 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Brian Raneri. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I don't need easy. I just need possible." [US surfer Bethany Hamilton] (Athlete, 31 Oct 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (Facebook page, 11 Oct 2017)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as the result of spina bifida. (omegawave.com, 13 Jan 2015; Facebook page, 11 Oct 2017)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She serves as an athlete representative for US Paralympics Powerlifting. (logan.edu, 26 Feb 2017)

OTHER STUDIES
She as a master's degree in mental health counselling and a bachelor's degree in counselling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, United States of America. She also has a certification in medical billing and coding from Kent State University at Salem in Ohio, United States of America. (LinkedIn profile, 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2010 56kg 72.5
12 2014 61kg 75.0