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.