Visually impaired US skier Danelle Umstead and her guide husband Rob are together known as team Vision4Gold.
Their incredible relationship has taken them to two Paralympic Winter Games and has seen them step onto the podium twice consecutively.
However before 2015 they had not won a World Championships medal, agonisingly missing out by just one place four times.
That all changed at the 2015 World Championships, with not just one but three medals. They also finished on top of the World Cup rankings in 2014-15.
Danelle is an inspiration to many not just because of her ability to ski down a mountain with only the voice of her husband to follow, but also because in 2010 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and has being skiing with the condition ever since.
The pair are determined to compete at PyeongChang 2018 and with a switch in focus to the downhill as Danelle’s specialist event, the plan appears to be coming together nicely.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
In 2016 she broke the radius bone in her arm after crashing at the 2016 US National Championships. She had a plate and 10 screws inserted into the injury. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
She was named the 2009/10 Athlete of the Year by the National Sports Center for the Disabled [NSCD] in Winter Park, CO, United States of America. (LinkedIn profile, 2017)
During her career she has received a Utah History-Maker Award in the United States of America. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
She intends to retire from the sport following the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. She made the decision after she suffered a serious broken leg in February 2020 while training in Kimberley, BC, Canada. "I truly believe in my heart that, yes, we are strong enough as a team to make this happen, and that we will be ready. Hopefully, we can do what it takes, you never know." (teamusa.org, 03 Nov 2020)
In 2010 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She had been training in Colorado, United States of America. "I woke up the next morning and I couldn't feel anything on the right side, from my rib cage all the way to my foot. I had to learn how to walk again, I had to learn how to jog again, I had to learn how to do sit-ups again. This is an ongoing struggle. Learning to manage the fatigue and overcoming the bad days has taught me a lot about never giving up and never giving in." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; cnn.com, 16 Dec 2016)
In 2018 she appeared on the US TV show 'Dancing with the Stars'. "In 2007 I stood in front of the TV, holding my son Brocton as a newborn baby, and said out loud, 'I want to be the first blind person on Dancing with the Stars'. I'm so excited and I'm honoured, and I can't believe life came full circle and my dream is really coming true. You better be really careful what you wish for!" (paralympic.org, 25 Sep 2018)
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|Women's Downhill Visually Impaired||Final Round||2014-03-08||5|
|Women's Super-G Visually Impaired||Final Round||2014-03-10||4|
|Women's Slalom Visually Impaired||Final Round||2014-03-12||4|
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|Women's Downhill VI||Race 1||2015-03-04||2|
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