Dani Aravich was born missing her left hand and forearm, but she didn’t miss out on playing any sport while she was growing up. She tried soccer, softball, basketball, and ice skating before finally settling on running. She competed in both cross country and track in high school, then ran one season for Butler University (an NCAA Division I school). After taking a few years off, Aravich started running again after college, competing in a few small races before deciding to fully pursue her dream of making it to the Paralympics. She hopes to qualify for the 2022 Winter Paralympics in Nordic skiing.
Away from the track:
Aravich operates a small photography business, One Hand Clicks, that focuses on making photography accessible to individuals with one hand.
In their own words:
“I was competitive. I wanted to play, but I also didn’t want people to look at me and feel bad for me. I didn’t want people to be like, ‘Ah, that’s nice. She’s on the varsity team, but she has one arm so she’s sitting on the bench’.”
“Your only limit is you. My goal in life is to accomplish greatness, and for me I think that will be through sports.”
“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.”
- Sport: Track and Field
- Limb Difference: Congenital below elbow
- DOB: 5/8/1996
- Residence: Bozeman, MT
- College: Butler University
- Classification: T47