Winning two bronze medals at the 2010 Paralympic Games, Team Vision4Gold now have their sights set on bringing home gold for the United States in 2014. Sochi, here we come!
Danelle D’Aquanni Umstead is an elite athlete, a visually impaired alpine ski racer. Husband Rob Umstead is her guide. Together, they are Team Vision4Gold.
Recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), Danelle won’t be deterred from her goal: Gold at the 2014 Paralympic Games.
BY DANELLE UMSTEAD May 2, 2013
We had a week off between World Championships and going to Sochi, Russia for the World Cup Finals. Our goal for this trip was to do recon of the hill and prepare ourselves for 2014 Paralympic Games. Easier said than done. Going out the starting gate in a downhill race, I am committed. In a downhill race reaching speeds up to 65 mph there is no way to give half the effort. You have to commit. Downhill skiing is our favorite discipline. It is packed with fast speeds, extreme adventure, intense fear, pure trust, excitement and fun we (Rob and I) have on the course. I love downhill ski racing!
Due to very warm weather and very soft conditions the first day of training was cancelled. As a result, we had a downhill training run followed by a race the same day.