Biography:

Danielle Lappage achieved the first major international highlight of her career in 2010 when she was crowned world junior champion at 63kg. In 2012 she captured a bronze medal at the World University Championships. Lappage was first exposed to international multi-sport competition in 2013 when she won gold at the Jeux de la Francophonie and competed at the Universiade, placing 11th. As national champion in 2014, Lappage won gold at the World University Championships, the Commonwealth Games and the Austrian Ladies Open. She also made her debut at the senior world championships where she finished in the top eight. But a month later, she tore her right ACL and had to undergo reconstructive surgery in November 2014, leading to a long recovery period. After just one international competition in late 2015, Lappage started 2016 with a gold medal at the Olympic test event in Rio and added another tournament win in May at the Grand Prix of Germany. Lappage made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016 but sustained an injury in her opening match, putting an early end to her Games.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Robert and Valerie… Siblings Ashley, Taylor and Austin… Getting into the Sport: Started wrestling at age 13 because it was offered at her middle school and she tried every sport available… Finding success from the get-go kept her in wrestling because she loved winning… Started focusing on it in Grade 10 when she won nationals and thought that if she really committed to it she could get to the Olympics… Outside Interests: Earned Masters of Arts in Criminology at Simon Fraser University in September 2015… Earned Bachelor of Arts in Criminology at SFU in 2013… Would like to pursue a career in policing and has done some ride-alongs… Odds and Ends: Nicknames: Dan, Dani, Dan the Man… Had her Olympic dream sparked by watching the Games on TV as a young girl… Collects magnets from her travels… Favourite motto: “You are capable of anything and everything, you just have to believe”… Always does a double low five to her coach before each match…