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The Challenge Jason Troutner knows that modern casts stink. Sometimes literally. Troutner, a University of Illinois mechanical engineering grad, was born with bilateral clubfoot, a condition commonly treated with plaster castings of an infant’s foot. He went on to compete in gymnastics, a sport where broken bones are no rare occurrence. “My memories of a cast are standing in a shower with my hand covered in a bread bag and duct tape trying not to get the thing wet,” remembers Troutner. “Then, still, after taking all of these precautions, still having to deal with that itchiness and that odor that’s