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Daniel Greig

Australia

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSAUS11303199101
NOCAustralia
Born13 Mar 1991 in  Campbelltown
GenderMen
ResidenceNetherlands
OccupationAthlete, Engineer
LanguagesDutch, English
Higher educationMechanical Engineering - Deakin University: Geelong, VIC, AUS
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.64 26 Jan 2013 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:08.26 10 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:58.62 13 Dec 2010 Heerenveen  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Sprint Championships
Event  
World Sprint Championships
    Overall     1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/greigdaniel  
twitter.com/greigdaniel  
www.danielgreig.com  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportCompeting at the Olympic Winter Games was one of his lifetime ambitions, so he moved to the Netherlands to take up speed skating immediately after leaving school.  
Name of coachDesly Hill, AUS  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began inline skating at age six. He took up speed skating in 2009 in Enschede, Netherlands.  
Club / TeamOlympic Southern Flyers: Melbourne, VIC, AUS  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Facebook page, 20 Aug 2017)  
NicknamesLittle Greig [because he is short]. (olympics.com.au, 16 Jul 2013; Athlete, 05 Feb 2010)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Never give up." (Athlete, 10 Nov 2017)  
Other informationSPEED SKATING IN AUSTRALIA
He often has to explain his sport to people when he is back in Australia. "Most people don't even know what speed skating is. When I tell them what I do they say, 'Oh Steven Bradbury [Australian short track skater who won a gold medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City]'. I have to tell them there are only two skaters on the ice and speed skating doesn't work like that." (ONS, 06 Feb 2014)

NATIONAL FIRST
In January 2014 he became the first Australian skater to win a medal at an international speed skating competition. He finished third in the sprint combination at the 2014 World Sprint Championships in Nagano, Japan. (isu.org, 19 Jan 2014)
 
Most influential person in careerCoach Desly Hill, and his father. (Athlete, 10 Nov 2017)  
Hero / IdolUS aviator and astronaut Alan Shepard. (Athlete, 10 Nov 2017)  
InjuriesHe was affected by an injury to his lower back at the 2017 World Single Distances Championships in Gangneung, Republic of Korea. (theaustralian.com.au, 18 Feb 2017)

He underwent surgery on both knees in May 2014. He returned to competition in February 2015. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017; schaatsen.nl, 14 Sep 2015)

He was affected by acute tendinitis in his knee at the start of 2012. (speedskating-online.com, 14 Aug 2012)

He tore ligaments in his left ankle while competing in roller speed skating at the 2009 World Championships in Haining, People's Republic of China. It took him six weeks to fully recover, but he then began suffering from tendinitis in his left quadricep because of his new movement patterns after the original injury. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2011, 05 Feb 2010)

A shoulder injury sidelined him for three months during his career. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)
 
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsHe always puts his right skate on first and has to wear matching socks on race day. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2011)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning bronze in the sprint combination at the 2014 World Sprint Championships in Nagano, Japan. (Athlete, 10 Nov 2017)  
Other sportsHe has represented Australia in roller speed skating. He finished 10th in the track 300m time trial at the 2009 World Championships in Haining, People's Republic of China. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Feb 2016; Athlete, 05 Feb 2010)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2013/2014 World Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2017/2018 World Sprint Championships Overall16  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 1000m16  
    2010/2011 World Sprint Championships Overall17  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m17  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m20  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m21  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m21  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 1000m21  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall21  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1000m22  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m22  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m22  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 500m23  
    2011/2012 World Sprint Championships Overall26  
    2012/2013 World Sprint Championships Overall26  
    2009/2010 World Sprint Championships Overall33  
    2014 Olympic Games 2 x 500m39  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m18  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m19  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m19  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m24  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m24  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m25  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m27  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m29  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m36  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m36  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m39  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m40  
    2009/2010 World Cup 500m49