Name: Hailey Danz (formerly Danisewicz)
Sport: Paratriathlon
Classification: PT2
Height: 5'3"
Birthdate: Jan. 9, 1991
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wis.
Hometown: Wauwatosa, Wis.
Current Residence: Chicago, Ill.
High School: Wauwatosa East High School
College: Northwestern '13, Human Development

Career Highlights
Five-time Paratriathlon World Championships medalist (1 gold, 3 silvers, 1 bronze)
2018 ITU World Paratriathlon Series Edmonton silver medalist
2018 ITU World Paratriathlon Series Yokohama silver medalist
Two-time Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships gold medalist (2018,2019)
Two-time USA Paratriathlon National Champion (2017,2019)
2016 Paralympic silver medalist
Seven-time ITU World Paratriathlon medalist (6 silvers, 1 bronze)
2015 USA Triathlon Paratriathlete of the Year

Personal

Growing up, Hailey Danz was always very active. As a young athlete she played any sport she could, including volleyball and basketball. When Hailey was 12, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in her left leg. At 14 years old, after a year of chemotherapy and several surgeries, she made the decision to have her leg amputated in order to get back to an active lifestyle. After her injury, Danz took up downhill skiing before being introduced to triathlon. Six years later in 2011, she was applying for an internship with the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, and triathlete Keri Serota only agreed to hire her on the condition that she would try a triathlon. Danz competed in her first triathlon through Dare2Tri, a paratriathlon club co-founded by Serota and based out of Chicago. Before entering her first race, she had no swim, bike, or run background — but by 2013 she had earned an ITU Paratriathlon world title, and by 2015 she was named the USA Triathlon Paratriathlete of the Year. Leading up to the 2016 Paralympic Games, where paratriathlon would make its debut as a medal event, Danz left her job at a nonprofit and moved from Chicago, Illinois, to Austin, Texas, to train full time. This decision payed off after she won a silver medal in the PT2 classification for paratriathlon at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Her biggest mentor in the sport is fellow triathlete and 2016 U.S. Paralympic bronze medalist Melissa Stockwell. Her favorite sports motto is, “I believe there is no finish line,” which explains how she is always looking for new opportunities to learn and grow to become a stronger athlete. Besides triathlon, she enjoys trail running, downhill skiing, reading, psychology, brunch and coffee.

Elite Triathlon Career

2019: Won the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships, on March 9 • Earned back-to-back silver medals at the Milan ITU World Paratriathlon Series, on April 27, then the ITU World Paratriathlon Series Montreal, on June 28

2018: Earned a 1st place finish at the CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships Sarasota-Bradenton on March 10 • Placed 2nd at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series Yokohama, on May 12 • Finished 3rd at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series Iseo-Franciacorta on June 30 • Earned a 2nd place finish at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series Edmonton on July 27 • Grabbed a bronze medal at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia

2017: Placed fourth at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Sept. 14 • Earned silver medals at ITU World Paratriathlon Series stops in Yokohama, Japan, on May 13, and Edmonton, Alberta, on July 28 • Earned a national title at the USA Triathlon Paratriathlon National Championships in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, on June 25 • Placed second at the Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships on March 11

2016: Won a silver medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on Sept. 11 as part of a U.S. podium sweep in the women's PT2 division, alongside gold medalist Allysa Seely and bronze medalist Melissa Stockwell • Took bronze at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 23 • Earned silver at the Besancon ITU World Paratriathlon Event on June 19 • Finished fourth at the Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships on March 13

2015: Became the first U.S. paratriathlete to officially qualify for a U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team • Picked up the silver medal at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships on Sept. 15 in Chicago (compatriot Allysa Seely won gold to confirm Hailey's quota spot through the ITU Paralympic Games criteria) • Won the Paralympic Games test event (Rio de Janeiro ITU World Paratriathlon Event) on Aug. 1 to provisionally qualify for the U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team • Earned her second straight continental championship title with the fastest PT2 time at the CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships in Monterrey, Mexico, on May 1 • Opened her season with a win at the Sunshine Coast (Australia) ITU World Paratriathlon Event on March 13

2014: Captured the silver medal on Aug. 29 at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta • Claimed victory in her hometown on June 28 at ITU World Paratriathlon Chicago • Was the top PT2 finisher at the PATCO Paratriathlon American Championships in Dallas, Texas, on May 31

2013: Won the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships title on Sept. 11 in London • Picked up the silver medal at the USA Paratriathlon National Championships on May 27 in Austin, Texas

2012: Made her ITU debut at the 2012 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, on Oct. 20, winning the bronze medal