Like many of her teammates, Danielle was an outstanding gymnast as a junior, competing at an elite level until retiring at age 13.
Danielle 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 consistently made finals, which was rewarded at the 2013 World Championships in Voss, Norway, where she won bronze.
At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Danielle narrowly missed out on advancing to the final round of eight, being 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.
As Australia's highest ranked female athlete in 2015-2016, she finishing the season ranked second in the world after a series of strong performances, including a silver medal at the 2016 Benchmark Event (BME)/World Cup at Deer Valley, UT, USA.
In 2017, Danielle stood on the World Championship podium in Sierra Nevada, Spain for second time in her career, winning the silver and achieving the best result of the Australian Aerial Skiers. Showing her consistency over the season, Danielle also finished ranked second on the World Cup standings after winning four World Cup medals including one gold in Beida Lake, China.
Danielle made a strong start to the 2018 season winning the World Cup event on day two in Secret Garden, China.
Competing in her second Olympic Winter Games, Danielle reached finals placing 12th.
Q & A
Proudest moment: Representing my country at the Olympic Winter Games.
I began my sport in 2006 because flipping and twisting with skis on looked like a pretty epic sport to do!
When I am not in training or competing I am: Surfing or hanging with friends.
I enjoy my sport because it challenges me everyday, takes me to some unreal places and has allowed me to meet some pretty cool people.
Education: Almost completed a Bachelor of Communications.
Favourite international competition: Voss, Norway.
Favourite Food: Sushi.
Favourite Music: Anything that gets you pumped!
Favourite other sport to watch or play: Surfing.
Favourite sporting team: Manly Sea Eagles.
My Hero is Bethany Hamilton.
Sponsors: Tradie Underwear, GoPro, Under Armour, Oxess, Oakley, Bern, XTM
Childhood Ambition: To represent the green and gold and to do what makes me happy!
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