|Birthdate:||November 20, 1974|
|Ht: / Wt:||5'5" / 132 lbs|
|Teammates:||Anni Friesinger-Postma, Stephanie Beckert, Katrin Mattscherodt|
Three-time Olympian Daniela Anschuetz-Thoms won Olympic gold in Torino in team pursuit. She calls it the highlight of her career and keeps the medal in a case in her living room so she can see it every day. Her goal in Vancouver is to win an individual medal, most likely to come in the 3000m, which is her favorite and best distance.
Competing in her first Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002, Anschuetz-Thoms says she was "more a visitor than a skater." She was excited to be at her first Olympics and enjoyed the experience but did not have great results. In 2006, more seasoned, she posted a sixth-place finish in the 3000m and fifth in the 5000m in addition to taking the pursuit gold.
All in the family
Anschuetz-Thoms married Marian Thoms, a former speed skater, in December 2005 in a small ceremony with only family in attendance. Marian is now her manager. The pair still live in Erfurt, where Anschutz-Thoms grew up. Her parents, Angelica and Helmut, also live in Erfurt. Her brother, Thomas, is a musician who plays guitar and drums.
Skating since age 8, Anschuetz-Thoms got her start when coaches came to her school looking for children who were interested in trying speed skating. Now, at age 35, she says she is certain the 2009-10 season will be her last as a competitive speed skater. Though she isn't sure what she will do after that, she says she would like to remain involved in sports. Her favorite hobby is golfing, which she took up three years ago.
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.