Danz got introduced to paratriathlon in 2011 as a college student, several years after losing her left leg above the knee to osteosarcoma. By 2013 she was a world champion in the sport, and she has remained a world-class competitor ever since. Danz won a silver medal at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, and she has since won two national championships. She also recorded the fastest time at the Paralympic qualifying race, the Americas Triathlon Para Championships, in June 2021. Danz is currently ranked second in the world behind teammate Allysa Seely.
Away from the racecourse:
Danz holds a degree in human development from Northwestern University. She is an avid trail runner and downhill skier.
In their own words:
“Just seeing what the human body is capable of, even if there are physical limitations; just being able to see people overcome that, and do incredible things with their bodies, is pretty cool to be a part of.”
“If you want to accomplish something amazing, you have to get a little bit uncomfortable to do it. But I think a lot of times we are able to surprise ourselves.”
Prior Paralympics: 2016
- Sport: Triathlon
- Limb Difference: Left above knee
- DOB: 1/9/91
- Residence: Colorado Springs, CO
- College: Northwestern
- Classification: PTS2