a.k.a. Dani California
Danielle Scott started gymnastics at the age of three and was the youngest athlete to be offered a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport at age seven. She went to an elite level before retiring at the age of 13 in 2003. Her love for sport and competitive drive continued in diving, athletics, aerobics and soccer before aerial skiing caught her attention and she was recruited by the legendary Australian aerial skier Jacqui Cooper.
Scott was awarded an OWIA scholarship in 2010 and by the 2011/12 season she was competing on the World Cup circuit where she made every final that winter, earning her the distinction of FIS Freestyle aerials Rookie of the Year.
In only her second full international season she made the finals in all six World Cup events before earning a breakthrough bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Voss, Norway. In the opening competition of the 2013/14 season, a Europa Cup in Ruka, Finland, Scott placed first and followed this with a string of top 10 finishes on the World Cup.
Scott scored her first World Cup podium in the last event of 2013/14 at Lake Placid, and then followed that up with her second career podium at the first event of 2014/15 at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing. Three events later, in Moscow, Scott stepped up to take the first win of her career, asserting herself as the latest leader in the long line of strong Australian aerials competitors.
In 2015/16 she stepped things up once again, earning five top-10 results in six competitions, including two podiums, on her way to finishing the season second place overall on the World Cup aerials leaderboard.
Scott continued her strong run through the 2016/17 season, proving herself as one of the most consistent athletes on the aerials World Cup by claiming podiums in four of seven events - including her second career victory - on her way to once again finishing second on the aerials rankings by season's end.
She capped her season off with one final podium at the biggest competition of the season, taking the silver medal behind Ashley Caldwell (USA) in an unforgettable super final at the Sierra Nevada 2017 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Spain.
Perfect form, consistent landings, and fierce confidence - Danielle Scott has all the tools in place to earn yet another Olympic gold medal for the nation of Australia in aerials skiing this February at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
|1608918.01.2014||Aerials||Lake Placid||USA||World Cup||2||800.00|
|1608110.01.2014||Aerials||Deer Valley||USA||World Cup||6||400.00|
|1605515.12.2013||Aerials||Beida Lake||CHN||World Cup||11||240.00|