Daniel Greig took up inline skating when he was six years old and 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 in 2009 when he finished high school as a 17-year-old to learn to ice skating and Long Track Speed Skating.
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 moved to the senior ranks, 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 medals in the 500m distance, and an overall placing of third at the Championships. He was the first Australian skater to win a medal at an international speed skating competition. He finished third in the sprint combination at the 2014 World Sprint Championships in Nagano, Japan.
Competing in his first Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014 his best result was 22nd place in the 1000m. Following the Games Greig underwent surgery on both knees in May 2014 and was unable to return to competition until February 2015 but continuing knee pain cut the season short.
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. However he did record an overall 21st place the World Sprint Championships.
The 2016/17 season was a little brighter for Greig. His season began slowly in B Division at the first World Cup in November 2016 in China, placing 22nd and 14th in his favoured 500m, then an improved 7th in Japan before landing second on the podium in Kazakhstan in the third World Cup, which qualified him into the A Division.
By the fourth World Cup in Holland in mid-December, the Dutch-based Aussie had improved 1.26 seconds since his first World Cup (36.34 down to 35.08) and made it into the A Division, placing 15th.
After recovering from what were considered to be career-ending injuries four years ago, Speed Skater Daniel Greig recorded two personal best results at his second Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang. In the men's 500m, Greig’s time of 35.22 seconds placed him in 21st place with less than one second separating the top 26 skaters. The 27-year-old athlete scored another personal best with a 22nd place in the 1000m event.
Q & A
Proudest moment: Winning my first World Championship medal in 2014 with my dad watching. It is rare that my family get to see me skate so for it to happen then was great.
I began my sport in 2009, I first travelled to the Netherlands after I had completed my high school in 2008. I was already an established speed skater on wheels, but I wanted to go to the games so for that I needed to switch to ice. I had chosen the Netherlands to begin because I already knew some people and a coach there.
When I am not in training or competing I am: Working or studying Mechanical Engineering at Deakin University.
I enjoy my sport because it is basically a more technical version of track cycling. It is a time trial based sport which keeps the results honest and really shows who the best is. The extra technical aspects mean that there are a lot of avenues to find incremental improvements.
Education: High School VCE, Mechanical Engineering. Deakin University 2012-2018 (expected)
Favourite international competition: World Championship Sprint
Favourite Food: Mango
Favourite Music: Tame Impala
Favourite other sport to watch or play: Cycling
My hero is: Anyone who can try something wholeheartedly.
Sponsors: At this moment no sponsors.
Childhood Ambition: Olympics
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