An Athlete With Insight
Three-time Paralympic Bronze Medalist
Four-time Paralympian (2010, 2014, 2018, 2022)
53 World Cup Podiums
3 Overall World Cup Globes (2010, 2014, 2015)
Dancing with the Stars contestant (Season 27)
Wife & Mother
Danelle and Rob made history at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympic Games as the first husband and wife visually impaired ski race team to compete and medal for Team USA. They earned Bronze Medals in both the downhill and super combined events in Vancouver and ended that season, with the overall and super G World Cup titles.
Soon after the 2010 Paralympic Games, Danelle was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, an unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Another unexpected challenge in her life, Danelle tackled it head on and refused to let it deter her training. The dynamic husband wife duo also earned a Bronze Medal in the super combined at the
2014 Sochi Winter Paralympic Games.
The Umsteads are proud parents of their son, Brocton, who is thirteen years old. One of the main lessons they are teaching their son is that, “people with disabilities can do amazing things.” Danelle embodies this lesson so much that when Brocton was watching Ted Ligety, one of the world’s best able-bodied skiers, Brocton asked what disability he had. Brocton had assumed that all world class athletes have disabilities.
Team Vision4Gold competed at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games- an experience they were excited to share with their thirteen-year-old son, Brocton. In 2020, Danelle will launch her charitable organization called Sisters in Sports Foundation. The foundation’s mission is “To Empower a Community of Girls and Women With Disabilities
Through the Love and Involvement of Sports.”
Danelle is starting to write her memoir targeting a launch around the 2022 Paralympic Games. Danelle and Rob are also training to once again represent Team USA on the world stage in Beijing.
My Next Chapter
Rob and I, hope to represent our country at the 2022 Paralympic Games.
I intend to stand proud of who I truly am, and stand proud for all of us to embrace our unique selves. Believe me, I will work my hardest to make all of this happen. I hope to inspire anyone who may have denied themselves because of their age, race, ability, looks, or whatever that has been standing in their way. It is never too late to Start Your Impossible. We hope to motivate everyone to work hard, never give up and do what it takes to Live Their Impossible Everyday. We plan to share our journey with all of you. Please follow us on social media and be a part of it. Thank you all for your continued support. It takes a village.
To Represent Our Country at The 2022 Paralympic Games In Beijing, China
Release My Memoir – Sharing My Life Story (exciting news to come)
Continue Supporting, Motivating, Mentoring and Inspiring Women and Girls
Through my Non Profit Sisters In Sports Foundation
Continue speaking all over the world about “Living The Impossible Everyday
3x Paralympic Bronze Medalists
4x World Champion Medalist
53 World Cup Podiums
9 World Cup Globes
2022 Paralympic Games
I truly believe in my heart that, yes, we are strong enough as a team to make this happen and will be ready!