<h5>Olympics Day 8 - Athletics</h5>
<p>LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Dani Samuels of Australia competes in the Women's Discus Throw Final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England.</p>
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Dani Stevens

Athletics Schedule & Results

(Local) / 11:20 AM 16 Aug (Rio)
Women's Discus Throw Final

64.90 (4th)


Sandra Perkovic (CRO)
Melina Robert-Michon (FRA)
Denia Caballero (CUB)

(Local) / 08:30 PM 15 Aug (Rio)
Women's Discus Throw Qualifying Round - Group A

64.46 (2nd)


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Athlete Biography

Gold Coast-based Olympic veteran Dani Samuels will make her third Games appearance after she claimed her 17th National Title, sealing Rio selection in the process. Made a great start to her Rio build up placing second in the Shanghai Diamond League in May.

After winning the discus gold and shot put bronze medals at the 2005 World Youth Championships, Dani Samuels went on to win the discus bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne at the age of 17.

Samuels made her Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games, as the youngest member of the Australian athletics team where she placed 9th (60.15m).

In August 2009, Samuels became the youngest world champion discus thrower of all time when she took out the title in Berlin with a throw of 65.44m. She placed 10th in 2013 and 6th in 2015. The Australian U20 & U18 discus record holder, has a pb of 67.99m, less than one metre behind the open record of 68.72m set 22 years ago.

She is one of only nine athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. She competed in her second Olympic Games in London, placing 12th (60.40m).

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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 9th (discus) 2012 London - 12th (discus)

Recent Performances

  • 2nd (discus) - 2016 Shanghai Diamond League (Shanghai, China)
  • 1st (discus) – 2016 Australian Athletics Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 1st (discus) – 2016 Auckland Track Challenge (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • 6th (discus) – 2015 IAAF World Championships (Beijing, China)
  • 2nd (discus) – 2015 British Athletics Grand Prix (Birmingham, England)

Career Highlights

  • Winning gold at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin
  • Winning gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
  • Throwing my personal best and breaking 67m

Education

  • Primary
    Merrylands Public School (NSW, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Westfield Sports High School (NSW, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Arts - University of Western Sydney (2007 - )

Training

  • Coach
    Denis Knowles (1997 - current)
  • Club
    Westfields Athletics Club
  • Institute/Academy
    NSWIS
  • Primary Training Base
    Gold Coast, Australia
  • Secondary Training Base
    Sydney, Australia

Q&A

Favourite food
Sushi, mangoes, avocado
Favourite holiday destination
Italy and Iceland are on the bucket list.
Favourite music
Anything that makes me want to dance
Dream car
Range Rover Sport
Personal Motto
Be bulletproof
Star Sign
Gemini
I would spend my last $10 on
Sushi
Tattoos/Piercings
I have a tattoo on my stomach -He Lives in Me- representing my dad and I have my ears pierced a couple of times in each ear.
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Weighlifting, basketball and European handball
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Steve Hooker in Beijing 2008
First Olympic Memory?
Michael Johnson in Atlanta 1996 (I was 8)
Most Influential person in your career/life
My coach Denis, he is a legend. He pushes me and demands a high level execution and 100% effort. He is always so positive and as long as I've given it my best, he is happy. Denis has taken on a fatherly role aswell and some would say have rose coloured glasses on when it comes to be. We are completely different backgrounds and generations but we are good friends as well as coach and athlete.
Why this sport?
It challenging, exhilerating and its just an awesome feeling being able to throw something such a long way.