Ever wonder what it’s like to ski down a mountain at 70 miles per hour?

Now imagine doing it blind.

This is what I do. I’ve been visually impaired for as long as I can remember. As a kid things were blurry. Then as an adult, my vision all but vanished. To make matters worse, just about the time my alpine skiing career was taking off, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (a harmful disease that destroys the immune system).

I’m Danelle Umstead, professional alpine skier and member of Team USA’s Paralympic Alpine Ski Team. Along with my husband, Rob—who skis ahead of me down the hill—we race under the banner Team Vision4Gold.

We Have a Vision

Our Vision…is to use our story to teach the lesson of TEAMWORK.  

Through Trust, Caring, Communication people can work together and overcome any obstacles and achieve common goals.

We want to continue to Mentor others on how to use these Principles to succeed. 

We hope our story will inspire others to exceed their expectations and go beyond their perceived boundaries.


I’ve accomplished a lot in life, but have not done it alone.

At twenty-nine—and all but blind—my father taught me to ski. Then four years later, I met my Rob, a former collegiate ski racer, who eventually became by husband and guide. Together our racing career has taken us to events all over the world.

We 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. We earned bronze medals in both the downhill and SuperCombined events, and ended that season with the overall and super-G World Cup titles. Four years later we competed in the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games held in Sochi, Russia, and brought home another Paralympic bronze medal in the Super Combined.

Together, Rob and I have won 3 Paralympic Bronze medals, 4 World Championship medals and over 50 Alpine Skiing World Cup medals. See “results” for more.

What’s next for Team Vision4Gold?

Team Vision4Gold is all about making dreams reality! The team includes Danelle and Rob Umstead, who dream big and believe anything is possible. 

Vision means "to have sight, an idea, or a dream." Initially created with the goal of winning gold at the 2010 Paralympics, Team Vision4Gold is still alive. They continue to inspire and encourage others to focus on their abilities and to believe in themselves. 

Rob and Danelle are working hard towards a common goal. To represent The United States Of America at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Danelle and Rob Umstead
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