Dani Cali, Unicorn
- Home town:
Family, friends, surfing, outdoors
- Hero / Most Admired Athlete:
- Date of birth:
3 March 1990
- Event(s) / Discipline:
- Olympic / Paralympic History:
Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics - 9th
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics - 12th
- World Championships History:
Voss-Myrkdalen 2013 FIS World Championships - 3rd
Sierra Nevada 2017 FIS World Championships - 2nd
Almaty, Kazakhstan 2021 FIS World Championships - 4th
- Sporting Highlights:
Like many of her teammates, Danielle Scott was an outstanding gymnast as a junior, competing at an elite level until retiring at age 13.
Scott tried a number of different sports before she was recruited to aerial skiing by World Champion and five-time Olympian Jacqui Cooper.
Since making her World Cup debut in January 2012, Scott has consistently made finals, which was rewarded at the 2013 World Championships in Voss, Norway, where she won bronze.
At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Scott narrowly missed out on advancing to the final round of eight, being bumped down to ninth place after the tie breaking formula was applied.
In 2015, Scott was the most consistent Australian Aerial Skier, finishing third on the World Cup standings after a number of leading performances, highlighted by her first World Cup win in Moscow, Russia.
As Australia's highest ranked female athlete in 2015-2016, she finishing the season ranked second in the world after a series of strong performances, including a silver medal at the 2016 Benchmark Event (BME)/World Cup at Deer Valley, UT, USA.
In 2017, Scott stood on the World Championship podium in Sierra Nevada, Spain for second time in her career, winning the silver and achieving the best result of the Australian Aerial Skiers. Showing her consistency over the season, Scott also finished ranked second on the World Cup standings after winning four World Cup medals including one gold in Beida Lake, China.
Scott made a strong start to the 2018 season winning the World Cup event on day two in Secret Garden, China.
Competing in her second Olympic Winter Games, Scott reached finals placing 12th.
Scott elected to take a break from her spot in 2018-2019, resume training activities during the Northern Hemisphere summer in 2019.
After a strong summer jumping triple back somersaults on water, Scott unfortunately suffered an injury and had to miss the entire 2019-2020 World Cup season.
Scott returned to competition in the best possible way, taking the gold medal in Deer Valley, USA, her first event since the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Scott made great progress in her return to sport training at the new world class Geoff Henke Olympic Winter Training Centre Water Ramp facility located at Brisbane’s Sleeman Sports Centre.
Scott performed a number of high class triple back somersaults In Brisbane, and was able to transfer the jumps to snow successfully, winning two Europa Cup gold medals in her first event competing triples, and also narrowly missed the podium at the World Championships in fourth place.
In 2022, Scott will no doubt be one of Australia's best medal hopes at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China, where she will be aiming to compete in her third Olympics.