- Living The Impossible Every Day

Imagine what it’s like to ski down mountains at 70 miles per hour.

Now imagine what it's like to do that blind.

This is what I do.

And most people think that is ... impossible.

I’m Danelle Umstead, and I am a blind ski racing champion, living with multiple sclerosis.

My husband Rob and I are members of the USA's Paralympic Alpine Ski Team. Together, we compete as Team Vision4Gold, and we do the impossible every day.

How do you do the impossible?

You can't do it alone.  

I was twenty-nine and almost totally blind when my first guide, my father, learned how to partner with visually impaired skiers. He skied in front of me and gave me instructions, and I skied for the first time in my life.

Four years later I met Rob, a former collegiate ski racer, who became my husband and guide; together, we have made history. 

And we discovered the secrets that can empower a team to do the impossible.

As Team Vision4Gold, Rob and I have won 3 Paralympic Bronze medals, 4 World Championship medals, and over 50 Alpine Skiing World Cup medals.

We were the first husband and wife visually impaired ski race team to compete and medal for Team USA at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympic Games.

We earned bronze medals in both the downhill and Super Combined events, and ended that season with the overall and Super-G World Cup titles.

Four years later we competed in the 2014 Winter Paralympics Games in Sochi, Russia, and won another Paralympic bronze medal in the Super Combined.

Today we travel the world as ski racers and motivational speakers, competing and showing individuals and organizations how to create high performance teams.

What’s next for Team Vision4Gold?

Rob and I are set on proving that anything is possible. 
Initially, our dream was winning gold at the 2010 Paralympics. Now seven years later, Team Vision4Gold is still winning and going strong, inspiring and empowering individuals and organizations to overcome obstacles and win big.

Currently we are preparing to represent the United States of America at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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