Danelle
Umstead

Going Stronger Than Ever

Explore Danelle's story below.

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Sport

Para Alpine Skiing

Born

February 15, 1972

Hometown

Taos, NM

Olympic Games

2010, 2014, 2018

Vehicle

Tundra

Danelle's Paralympic Journey

Danelle was already growing up with low vision when, at 13, she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease. Years later, she was introduced to adaptive skiing. By then, she thought that by going blind she would have no future. But her competitive spirit ignited in 2006 when she joined an adaptive sports organization in Park City, Utah. It was there she knew where she belonged.

 

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Despite personal barriers, we all have the strength to move beyond what we think is possible or impossible.
Road to Beijing

With her husband Rob as her guide and motivator, Danelle made her Paralympic debut in 2010 in Vancouver, where she earned bronze medals in the downhill and super combined competitions. Soon after her win, Danelle was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. To her, it then seemed like her biggest setback. But she didn’t give up, and she went on to compete in the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games and took another bronze medal. She even competed in the PyeongChang Paralympic Games in 2018. Now, with Beijing around the corner, Danelle hopes to make her fourth appearance.

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DANELLE'S TUNDRA

Rugged yet refined.

“Wally (the name Danelle gave her Tundra) is super handsome, and I love when I get inside and hear the roar of the engine. You wouldn’t believe a truck could be this comfortable and spacious.”

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Haul quite a load.

“We have at least 14 pairs of skis, 12 pairs of ski poles, 4 large boot bags, 2 large duffle bags, and 2 large suitcases. We are able to put all this gear in the bed of our Tundra and still have room.”

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Tundra Stats

8800

381

1530

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With a powerful 5.7-liter V8 and overbuilt drivetrain, properly equipped 2021 Tundras can tow over 10,000 lbs. And, of course, each Tundra is assembled with pride in the great state of Texas. They say that true strength endures, and we’re here to prove it.

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