A congenital amputee, Aravich grew up playing a variety of sports and landed a Division I track scholarship to Butler University. Knee injuries derailed her college career, but after graduation she was drawn back into competition as a paraathlete. In addition to earning a spot in the 2020 Summer Paralympics, Aravich took up cross-country skiing and rapidly developed into an elite-level competitor. Her Beijing appearance will mark her second Paralympics debut in a six-month span.
Away from the slopes:
Aravich works as a photographer and social media producer.
In their own words:
“I was very klutzy on skis initially. I still feel klutzy, but it’s getting better. It’s a lot harder than it looks. When you watch some cross country skiers, they seem very graceful and it looks very easy. But when you’re actually doing it yourself, it’s so challenging trying to figure out how to get the technique down.” (link)
“The concept of biathlon was very exciting for me, but I never had to shoot with a high heart rate, so biathlon has been incredibly frustrating at times. I have so much to improve upon in that side of the sport, but I would say biathlon practices are my favorite. It’s an added layer of challenge to an already challenging sport.” (link)
Team USA page
Montana Sports, “Dani Aravich to Compete in 2nd Paralympics in Six Months”
World Para Nordic Skiing, “Danielle Aravich’s Mission: Dual Games Debuts Six Months Apart”
- Sport: Nordic skiing
- Limb Difference: Left below elbow
- DOB: 5/8/1996
- College: Butler University
- Classification: LW8