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.
April 20, 2011
Hood River, OR, 97031
RE: Adaptive Athlete of the Year Award
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on having won the 2011 Adaptive Athlete of the Year Award. The USSA Athlete of the Year Award is given in alpine, cross country, adaptive, the Year Award freestyle, jumping/nordic combined, and snowboarding to a USSA athlete based on criteria established by that sport. You are to be congratulated on an extraordinary season, and should take pride in being recognized for your efforts by the leadership of your organization.
For your nomination, the following was written, “Visually impaired athlete Danelle Umstead demonstrates all the core values of USSA on a daily basis. She represents her country and team with great enthusiasm. Despite some challenges this season she has persevered to win the overall best female athlete in the 2011 Adaptive Alpine National Championships. Danelle was second overall in the slalom and giant slalom standings for the IPC 2011 World Cup Season. Danelle is currently
ranked number one in the world for visually impaired women in the IPC overall World Cup rankings for 2011. She has been a member of the U.S. Adaptive Alpine Team for the past three seasons. As a member of the 2010 Paralympic team she earned Bronze medals in the Downhill and Super Combined at the Vancouver Paralympic Games." I congratulate you on your success.
Your award will be presented during the USSA Congress 2011 at our Chairman’s Awards Dinner, Friday at 6:30 p.m., May 20 at the Park City Marriott. I hope that you and a guest will be able to join us for the presentation. If not, we will ensure that your award is sent to you.
Again, our congratulations!
UNITED STATES SKI AND SNOWBOARD ASSOCIATION
President & CEO