Danielle Scott was awarded a gymnastics scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport as a seven-year-old and competed at an elite level before retiring at the age of 13. She continued to play a number of sports before being introduced to aerials by Jacqui Cooper. She made her debut on the World Cup circuit for the 2011/12 season where she made every final and was awarded the FIS Rookie of the Year.
After winning bronze at the 2013 World Championships Scott made her Olympic debut at Sochi 2014. She made it through to Final 1 before just missing the eight-woman final on a countback after scoring the exact same score (76.23) as Zhanbota Aldabergenova of Kazakhstan. Her teammate Lydia Lassila went on to win bronze and keep Australia’s run of aerials Winter Olympic medals that started in 2002 going.
At her second Olympic campaign at PyeongChang 2018, Scott and teammate Laura Peel were the only two Aussies to progress from the qualification rounds into Final 1. Needing to be in the top nine to progress from Final 1 to Final 2, Scott backslapped while attempting a Back Full-Full. The 2017 World Championship silver medallist scored 57.01 to finish the competition in 12th.
Between her Olympic campaigns, Scott was been Australia’s most consistent performer on the World Cup circuit. She scored her first World Cup win in 2015 as she ended the season third overall before finishing the 2015/16 season second overall.
Scott took another step as PyeongChang 2018 edged closer having her best season to date in 2016/17. Scott won one gold, three silver and 1 bronze World Cup medals to see her again finish the World Cup standings in second.
She headed in to the 2017 World Championships as one of the medal favourites and didn’t disappoint winning silver and confirming herself as one of the leading contenders for the PyeongChang 2018 podium. This was reaffirmed at the site of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games when she flew to gold at Secret Garden to finish off 2017 in style.