Olympic Winter Games Attended
Like many of her teammates, Danielle Scott was an outstanding gymnast as a junior, competing at an elite level until retiring at age 13.
Scott 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, Scott 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, Scott 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, Scott 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, Scott 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, Scott also finished ranked second on the World Cup standings after winning four World Cup medals including one gold in Beida Lake, China.
Scott 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, Scott reached finals placing 12th.
Scott elected to take a break from her spot in 2018-2019, resume training activities during the Northern Hemisphere summer in 2019.
After a strong summer jumping triple back somersaults on water, Scott unfortunately suffered an injury and had to miss the entire 2019-2020 World Cup season.
Scott returned to competition in the best possible way, taking the gold medal in Deer Valley, USA, her first event since the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Scott made great progress in her return to sport training at the new world class Geoff Henke Olympic Winter Training Centre Water Ramp facility located at Brisbane’s Sleeman Sports Centre.
Scott performed a number of high class triple back somersaults In Brisbane, and was able to transfer the jumps to snow successfully, winning two Europa Cup gold medals in her first event competing triples, and also narrowly missed the podium at the World Championships in fourth place.
At the opening World Cup events of the 2021-2022 Olympic season, Scott made a strong start in Ruka, Finland, recording the fifth World Cup victory of her career. Scott also had two big final appearances, just missing the podium with fourth place finishes in Le Relais and Deer Valley.
Competing in her third Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, Scott qualified for finals in fourth place.
In finals, Scott performing two different triple twisting somersault jumps in difficult conditions with variable speed, Scott finished in tenth place after having trouble with her landings on both jumps.
Scott has been in impressive form during the 2022-2023 season, winning gold medals in World Cup events in Ruka, Finland, and Deer Valley, USA, giving her seven career wins in total.
The victory in Deer Valley was a career highlight, performing a lay-full-full, double twisting triple back somersault to score a massive 115.20 points, the highest scoring women’s jump of the season so far and the best of her career.
Competing at her fifth World Championship in 2023 in Bakuriani, Georgia, Scott has opened the medal tally for Australia, taking home the third World Championship medal of her career, after claiming a silver medal in tricky weather conditions.
After qualifying in first place for finals competition two days earlier, Scott stepped up her degree of difficulty in the first round of finals to perform a lay-full-full double twist triple back somersault, but with fresh snow making speed difficult, had trouble with her landing scoring 82.97 points to take the final spot in the six-woman medal round.
Scott elected to stick with triple somersaults for the final jump, performing a lay-tuck-full, a single twist triple somersault scoring 83.84 points, again marked down for her landing, putting her in second place behind event winner Fanyu Kong of China with 85.30 points. Rounding out the podium in third place with Ukrainian Anastasiya with 82.84.
At the next event in Engadin, Switzerland, at the future 2025 World Championship venue overlooking the iconic town of St Moritz, Scott made a great start to the event qualifying in first afor finals. The wind picked up for finals competition later in the day, and in the super-final, Scott added an extra twist, executing a high scoring double full-full (triple twisting double back somersault) scoring 98.70 points to give her the third World Cup victory of the season and eighth of her career.
Scott capped off her career best season with a silver medal at the World Cup final in Almaty, Kazakhstan, her fourth podium for the season which gave her enough points to secure her first ever Crystal Globe title as the number one ranked aerial skier in the world, joining Australian legends Kirstie Marshall, Jacqui Cooper, Alisa Camplin, Lydia Lassila and Peel as World Cup champions.
Q & A
To represent the green and gold and to do what makes me happy!
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: Adventuring with friends in the outdoors.
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: Bachelor of Communications majoring in PR and Screen Studies
Favourite overseas 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.
Sports Hero is Bethany Hamilton.
AERIAL SKIING ATHLETES
AERIAL SKIING CALENDAR