Daniel Greig took up inline skating when he was six years old. He was selected to represent Australia in sprint distances at the 2006 Junior World Inline Speed Skating Championships in Korea, with his best result being ninth.
At the 2007 Junior World Inline Speed Skating Championships, Greig won gold in the 200m time trial, silver in the 300m time trial and bronze in the 500m sprint. In 2008, he defended is 200m title, again winning gold.
With the dream of competing at the Olympics, Greig moved to Enschede in the Netherlands when he was 17 years old in order to learn to ice skate.
In 2010 he competed at the Junior World Championships for Long Track Speed Skating, finishing eighth in the 500m and tenth in the 1000m. The following year he graduated to senior titles, placing 11th in the 1000m and 17th overall at the 2011 Sprint World Championships.
At the beginning of 2013 at the Single Distance World Championships, Greig showed his rapid progression in the sport, finishing 16th in the 500m and 17th in the 1000m, breaking into the top 20 after finishing 21st and 22nd in 2012.
In the 2013-2014 season, Greig had an outstanding World Sprint Championships in Nagano, Japan, winning two silver medal's in the 500m distance, and an overall placing of third at the Championships.
Competing in his first Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Greig was unable to match his strong results leading into the Games, with his best result being a 22nd place finish in the 1000m.
Daniel had a difficult 2014-2015 season, with a delayed start to the World Cup season due to ongoing rehabilitation from a knee injury. Daniel attempted to return to competition in February 2015, but knee pain on his return forced him to end his season early.
In 2015-2016, Greig's season was again impacted by injury, working hard on his rehabilitation, but ultimately missing significant volumes of training which made performance in competition difficult.
Daniel is now well placed to resume full training and return to his impressive pre Sochi 2014 performance level.
Question & Answer:
Childhood Ambition: Olympic Games
Proudest Moment: First World Championship Medal in Speed Skating
Favourite Food: Mango
I began this sport .... In December 2008 at a rink in eastern Netherlands, getting passed by 4 year old Dutch kids on a public session. Pretty much everyone in The Netherlands could skate better than me at this point.
Participation in other sports: Inline Speed Skating Australian Team
When I am not training/competing I am: Reading, playing poker
Highest level of education achieved: University
Favourite overseas competition and why: Any competition in Japan
Sports Hero: Joey Cheek
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