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Arielle Rausin

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
Urbana, IL, USA
Occupation
Business Owner
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Administration, Management - University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began to pursue wheelchair racing in late 2012.
Why this sport?
She became interested in wheelchair racing after she saw a competition while competing in a marathon event in Tampa, FL, United States of America, and met coach Adam Bleakney.
Club / Team
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign: United States
Name of coach
Adam Bleakney
Training Regime
"We do about 100 miles a week [in training]. Sometimes, we will get up to 120 miles a week."

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, writing, drinking coffee. (teamusa.org, 01 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (bendbulletin.com, 10 Oct 2019)
Impairment
In November 2003 she sustained a spinal cord injury and was paralysed after being involved in a car accident. (kdrausin.com, 10 Nov 2013)
Other information
BUSINESS OWNER
In August 2016 she founded Ingenium Manufacturing, a company using 3D printers to create wheelchair racing gloves for athletes. She first came up with the idea during a class at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. "I thought it would be a prototype. I was shocked when it worked and at how durable and strong it was. One of the best things about the material is that it's lightweight, over 100 grams less than the other plastic used in standard gloves. That's really important because when we're climbing hills or doing normal strokes, it's much easier to push with lighter gloves and puts less strain on our muscles." (bendbulletin.com, 10 Oct 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2019; beckman.illinois.edu, 22 Aug 2016)

WORK DURING PANDEMIC
Her company Ingenium Manufacturing began making surgical masks during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. "We focused on getting these to individuals with spinal cord injuries and similar disabilities because people with disabilities typically have less access and fewer resources to get the healthcare products they need." (smilepolitely.com, 17 Jun 2020)

INSPIRATION
Her mother Krista Dondero is an author and has published two children's fantasy books titled 'Mystic' and 'Elle & Buddy'. Her mother credits Rausin as her inspiration for the books and both of the main protagonists in the stories are young girls that use a wheelchair. (kdrausin.com, 01 Jan 2016)