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Dani Aravich Is The Newest member of Team USA’s Paralympic Dual-Sports Squad


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ZHANGJIAKOU, China – ZHANGJIAKOU, China – From the stands, you could hear Dani Aravich’s high-pitched shriek, her excitement reverberating around the Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Centre finish area as she finished in the top three of her qualifying heat to advance to the semifinals of the women’s cross-country sprint standing event. Arabic will compete in the semifinals of the women’s cross-country sprint standing event on Thursday.

The 25-year-old from Boise, Idaho, was all smiles after advancing to the next round, and she went on to post her best result in three events at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, finishing eighth overall.

Maravich was born with a significant portion of her left arm below the elbow and just began training as a Paralympic track and field competitor in 2019. She also began Nordic skiing soon after that. She became the first athlete to make debuts in both the summer and winter Paralympics in a short period – just six months apart – by becoming the first athlete to do so.

As a result, Aravich was overjoyed when she beat her qualifying heats in the 400 meters on the track in Zhangjiakou after failing to do so in Tokyo.

“I set a goal for myself today of making it to the semifinals,” she said. In my semifinal, I didn’t get off to the most fantastic start and fell behind the rest of the field, but I was pleased with my ability to go up from the sixth position at the very least into fourth place. This is my second season of competitive skiing, so it’s lovely to go into these Games with no expectations and use them as a learning opportunity to help me improve as a competitor. The turnaround time from Tokyo, on the other hand, has been far shorter than anticipated. It’s been not easy. Throughout the summer, I had to make certain compromises for both sports to avoid falling too far behind in either.”

Earlier this week, Aravich finished 11th in the middle-distance biathlon and 13th in the sprint biathlon at the Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. Arabic is one of four U.S. Nordic skiing athletes competing at these Paralympics who competed in a different sport in Tokyo last summer, joining 14-time Paralympic medalist Oksana Masters (cycling) five-time Paralympic medalist Kendall Gretsch (triathlon), and six (track and field).

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