Like many of her teammates, Danielle was an outstanding gymnast as a junior, competing at an elite level until retiring at age 13. Danielle then tried a number of different sports before she was recruited to aerial skiing by World Champion and five-time Olympian Jacqui Cooper.
Since making her World Cup debut in January 2012, Danielle has been extremely consistent, making finals in every event.
This consistency was rewarded at the 2013 World Championships in Voss, Norway, where she won bronze, her first major international medal.
At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Danielle narrowly missed out on advancing to the round of eight, finishing tied for eight place, but was bumped down to ninth place after the tie breaking formula was applied.
In 2015, Danielle was the most consistent Australian Aerial Skier, finishing third on the World Cup standings after a number of leading performances, highlighted by her first World Cup win in Moscow, Russia.
Danielle was Australia's highest ranked female athlete in 2015-2016, finishing the season ranked second in the world. Her ranking came off the back of a number of strong performances, including a silver medal at the 2016 Benchmark Event (BME)/World Cup at Deer Valley, UT, USA.
In 2017, Danielle was Australia's leading Aerial Skier at the World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, where she won silver, the second World Championship medal of her career. Showing her consistency over the season, Danielle also finished the season ranked second on the World Cup standings after winning four World Cup medals including one victory.
Danielle is well placed to contend for a medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games due to her consistent jumping and improved results each year.
Question & Answer:
Childhood Ambition: To represent my country doing something that I love.
I began this sport ... because I love a challenge and love flipping.
Proudest moment: Representing Australia at the Olympic Winter Games!
Favourite Food: Sushi, caramel popcorn.
Favourite overseas competition: Norway
Famous relative: Sir James Walter Scott - author and statue next to Shakespeare in New York Central Park!
Sports Hero: Bethany Hamilton
When I am not training/competing I am: Surfing
Highest level of education achieved: HSC - currently studying a Bachelor of Communications.
Sponsors: Rossignol, Instinct Sports Nutrition, Intuition
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