Sport: Alpine Skiing
Classification: B2, Visually Impaired
Date of Birth: Feb. 15, 1972
Birthplace: Des Plaines, Ill.
Hometown: Park City, Utah
Current Residence: Winter Park, Colo.
High School: Plano HS (Plano, Texas) ‘90
Coach: Kevin Jardine
Guide: Rob Umstead
- 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, bronze super combined, 4th super-G and slalom, 5th downhill; World Cup Standings, 1st overall, 1st slalom, 1st for speed; World Cup Panorama, 3rd downhill and super combined, 5th super-G and giant slalom; World Cup Tignes, France, 2nd downhill run 1, 3rd downhill run 2, 3rd super combined; World Cup Copper Mountain, 4th slalom run 1 and 2, 6th giant slalom run 1, 4th giant slalom run 2; NorAm Aspen, 1st downhill; NorAm Winter Park, 2nd giant slalom, 3rd slalom; U.S. National Championships, 1st downhill and super-G
- 2013: World Cup Finals, 1st downhill, 3rd overall in speed; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st super-G, 1st giant slalom, 1st slalom, 1st overall; World Cup New Zealand, 1st slalom, 2nd slalom, 3rd super-G; World Cup Australia, 3rd giant slalom, 3rd slalom, 3rd slalom
- 2012: Nine World Cup podiums; World Cup Standings, 3rd overall, 3rd super combined
- 2011: Three World Cup podiums; World Cup Standings, 2nd overall, giant slalom and slalom; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st downhill, super G, super combined, giant slalom and slalom, overall national champion
- 2010: Paralympic Winter Games, 3rd downhill and super combined; Eight World Cup podiums; World Cup Standings, 1st overall, 1st super-G, 2nd downhill, 2nd super combined, 3rd giant slalom
- 2009: U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st downhill, super G, super combined, giant slalom and slalom
In 2000, Danelle Umstead's father Peter D'Aquanni first introduced her to adaptive skiing in their home state of New Mexico. Umstead fell in love with the sport right away.
Skiing not only gave Umstead a new passion for life, but it also led her to met her husband Rob while she was skiing in Taos, New Mexico. After he landed a job in Park City, Utah, and the couple moved, Umstead struggled to find a consistent guide until Rob took the job in 2008. He is now her full-time guide. The husband and wife duo also founded team Vision4Gold. "Vision,” Umstead says, "is to have sight, an idea, or a dream.”
Umstead has an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa and early onset macular degeneration, meaning she has no central vision and is losing her peripheral vision. In 2010, shortly after the Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games, she found out that she also has multiple sclerosis. The Umsteads are proud parents of their son, Brocton. When they are not racing, they enjoy hiking, tandem cycling, and spending time with family and friends. In her free time, Umstead helps mentor junior disabled athletes by sharing her story and offering encouragement.
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