Danelle Umstead

Tagline: Blind Paralympian

Talent Highlights

  • Paralympic Skiing Champion: Danelle Umstead is a Paralympic skiing sensation, known for her incredible achievements on the slopes. Despite being visually impaired, Danelle has defied the odds to become a three-time Paralympic bronze medalist in alpine skiing, showcasing her remarkable talent, determination, and resilience.
  • Inspiring Story of Overcoming Adversity: Danelle’s journey to the podium is a story of triumph over adversity. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition causing progressive vision loss, she refused to let her disability define her. Instead, she embraced skiing as a form of liberation, pushing herself to excel in the sport and proving that anything is possible with determination and perseverance.
  • Dynamic Duo with Guide Husband: Danelle competes in the visually impaired category alongside her husband, Rob Umstead, who serves as her guide on the slopes. Their partnership is a testament to teamwork, trust, and unwavering support, as they navigate challenging courses at breakneck speeds, relying on clear communication and synchronized movements to achieve success.
  • Advocate for Inclusion and Accessibility: Beyond her athletic achievements, Danelle is a passionate advocate for inclusion and accessibility in sports. She uses her platform to raise awareness about the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and the importance of creating opportunities for participation and representation in athletics.
  • Motivational Speaker and Role Model: Danelle’s impact extends beyond the slopes as a motivational speaker and role model. Through her inspiring talks and public appearances, she shares her story of resilience, determination, and triumph, inspiring audiences to overcome obstacles, pursue their passions, and reach for their dreams, no matter the odds.

Keynote Topics

Danelle travels the world with her husband, Rob, as a ski racing team and motivational speaker. In her speech, How to do the Impossible Every Day, she reveals the 4 secrets to leading and empowering teams to overcome obstacles and go for the gold.

Travels from:

  • Park City, UT

Fee Range:

  • Fees* $10,001 - $20,000




Danelle Umstead is an extraordinary individual, a beacon of inspiration whose journey transcends sports and embodies the resilience of the human spirit. As a top inspirational keynote speaker and three-time Paralympic bronze medalist, Danelle has not only conquered the slopes but has also conquered the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide. Alongside her husband and […]

Danelle Umstead is an extraordinary individual, a beacon of inspiration whose journey transcends sports and embodies the resilience of the human spirit. As a top inspirational keynote speaker and three-time Paralympic bronze medalist, Danelle has not only conquered the slopes but has also conquered the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide.
Alongside her husband and guide, Rob, Danelle etched their names in history at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympic Games as the pioneering husband and wife visually impaired ski race team to compete and medal for Team USA. Their remarkable achievement saw them clinch Bronze Medals in both the downhill and super combined events, catapulting them into the annals of sporting greatness.

Their dominance extended beyond Vancouver, culminating in the overall and super G World Cup titles by season’s end.

Danelle Umstead | Blind Paralympic Champion

Background and Expertise:

Danelle Umstead’s journey is a testament to the power of perseverance and determination. Despite facing the challenges of visual impairment, Danelle refused to let her condition define her capabilities. With an indomitable spirit and unwavering resolve, she embarked on a remarkable journey in the world of skiing, defying odds and shattering stereotypes along the way.
Guided by her husband, Rob, Danelle honed her skills on the slopes, mastering the art of adaptive skiing with unparalleled precision and grace. Danelle’s expertise extends far beyond the realm of sports. As a sought-after keynote speaker, she shares her riveting story of triumph over adversity, inspiring audiences to embrace change, overcome obstacles, and unleash their full potential.
Drawing upon her personal experiences, Danelle delivers powerful messages of resilience, determination, and the importance of teamwork. Her dynamic presentations captivate audiences of all backgrounds, leaving a lasting impression that resonates long after she steps off the stage. Beyond her athletic achievements, Danelle is a passionate advocate for inclusivity and empowerment.
Through her work, she strives to break down barriers and create a more inclusive society where individuals of all abilities can thrive. Whether on the slopes or behind the podium, Danelle’s unwavering commitment to excellence serves as a guiding light for others to follow.
Reasons to Book Danelle Umstead:

Event planners seeking to elevate their conferences to new heights need look no further than Danelle Umstead. Here are a few compelling reasons why she is the perfect addition to any event:

  1. Inspiration Personified: Danelle’s story is nothing short of awe-inspiring. By booking her as a speaker, event planners can offer their audience a unique opportunity to be inspired, motivated, and moved by her journey of resilience and triumph.
  2. Diverse Appeal: Danelle’s message transcends boundaries, resonating with individuals from all walks of life. Whether addressing corporate teams, educational institutions, or non-profit organizations, her universal message of empowerment strikes a chord with audiences worldwide.
  3. Interactive Engagement: Danelle’s dynamic speaking style and engaging presence ensure that attendees are not just passive listeners but active participants in the experience. Through interactive sessions and thought-provoking discussions, she fosters meaningful connections and fosters a culture of collaboration and growth.
  4. Customized Content: Recognizing that every event is unique, Danelle works closely with event planners to tailor her message to meet the specific needs and objectives of each audience. Whether delivering a keynote address, leading a workshop, or participating in a panel discussion, she adapts her content to ensure maximum impact and relevance.
  5. Lasting Impact: Long after the event has ended, Danelle’s words continue to resonate, inspiring lasting change and transformation in the lives of those who hear them. By booking Danelle Umstead, event planners can leave a legacy of empowerment and inspiration that extends far beyond the conference room.

Why Book Through Speakers Inc:

When it comes to securing top-tier talent for your next event, Speakers Inc is the premier choice. Here’s why you should book Danelle Umstead through Speakers Inc:

  • Expert Guidance: With years of experience in the industry, Speakers Inc provides expert guidance and support every step of the way. From initial inquiry to post-event follow-up, their dedicated team ensures a seamless and stress-free booking process.
  • Extensive Network: Speakers Inc boasts an extensive network of world-class speakers, entertainers, and emcees, making it easy to find the perfect fit for your event. Whether you’re hosting a corporate conference, a gala dinner, or a team-building retreat, Speakers Inc has you covered.
  • Customized Solutions: Recognizing that every event is unique, Speakers Inc offers customized solutions tailored to meet the specific needs and objectives of each client. From speaker selection to logistical support, their personalized approach ensures a successful and memorable event.
  • Quality Assurance: With Speakers Inc, you can rest assured that you’re getting the highest quality talent available. Their rigorous screening process ensures that every speaker meets their strict standards of excellence, guaranteeing a world-class experience for your audience.
  • Peace of Mind: Booking Danelle Umstead through Speakers Inc provides peace of mind knowing that you’re working with a reputable and reliable agency committed to delivering exceptional results. With their proven track record of success, you can trust Speakers Inc to make your event a resounding success.


In conclusion, Danelle Umstead is more than just a Paralympic athlete; she is a symbol of hope, resilience, and the power of the human spirit. Through her compelling story and dynamic presentations, she inspires audiences to overcome obstacles, embrace change, and pursue their dreams with unwavering determination.
By booking Danelle Umstead through Speakers Inc, event planners can elevate their conferences to new heights, leaving a lasting impact that transcends the confines of the event itself. Don’t miss the opportunity to bring Danelle’s transformative message to your next event and inspire positive change in the lives of those who hear it.
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