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Natalie Bieule

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64, F64

Further personal information

Family
Husband Matthew, daughters Ava and Valentina
Residence
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Psychology - Barry University: Miami Shores, FL, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2013.
Why this sport?
She met US Paralympian April Holmes at a convention for people who have undergone amputations in 2013, and was persuaded by Holmes to take up the sport. Prior to her accident she was involved in salsa dancing, which she says helped her transition to Para sport. "I think that having that background with salsa helped, because salsa requires a lot of hip movement and foot placing, feeling the rhythm of the music. With discus, you've got to feel that rhythm. You've got to know – especially missing a leg – when to plant your foot and turn. I don't feel that foot when I'm landing, so I've got to feel that rhythm and that beat, and make my own music and dance, feel that leg come down and know that I have to turn my hip. I think that's why I love the discus so much."
Name of coach
Larry Judge
Training Regime
She trains six days a week, two times a day.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
United States
Location
Toronto, ON, CAN

General interest

Hobbies
Restoring furniture. (teamusa.org, 01 Dec 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and husband. (boxrox.com, 15 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You tell me I can't, and I'm not going to stop. You tell me that it's impossible, and I'm going to prove you wrong." (factory-agency.com, 27 Jan 2016)
Other sports
She grew up dancing salsa and performed professionally, until her accident in 2001. She has also competed in CrossFit at national level. (boxrox.com, 15 Oct 2015; latina.com, 03 May 2016)
Impairment
She was hit by a drunk driver in 2001, which resulted in her right leg being amputated below the knee. (teamusa.org, 08 May 2015; wsj.com, 28 Apr 2017)
Other information
CAREER
She worked as a primary school teacher and a cheerleading coach before she took up Para athletics full-time ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (teamusa.org, 08 May 2015; sports.yahoo.com, 16 Sep 2016)

GRANDFATHER
Her grandfather, Joaquin, also lost his right leg, and passed away at age 69 due to cancer. She likes to think that he watches over her when she trains. "I used to watch the Olympics with my grandfather. I feel like he's been along with me in this journey." (sports.yahoo.com, 16 Sep 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F44 Final 1 2015-10-25 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F44 Final Round 2016-09-11 6