Daniel Greig

Daniel Greig

Age: 22

Born: Adelaide

Lives: Melbourne/Netherlands

Club: Olympic Southern Flyers

Coach: Desly Hill

2014 Winter Olympic Games – 500m: 39th,   1000m: 22nd

Daniel Greig took up inline skating when he was six years old. He was selected to represent Australia in sprint distances at the 2006 Junior World Inline Speed Skating Championships in Korea, with his best result being 9th.

At the 2007 Junior World Inline Speed Skating Championships, Greig won gold in the 200m time trial, silver in the 300m time trial and bronze in the 500m sprint. In 2008, he defended is 200m title, again winning gold.

With the dream of competing at the Olympics, Greig moved to Enschede in the Netherlands when he was 17 years old in order to learn to ice skate.

In 2010 he competed at the Junior World Championships for Long Track Speed Skating, finishing 8th in the 500m and 10th in the 1000m. The following year he graduated to senior titles, placing 11th in the 1000m and 17th overall at the 2011 Sprint World Championships.

At the beginning of 2013 at the Single Distance World Championships, Greig showed his rapid progression in the sport, finishing 16th in the 500m and 17th in the 1000m, breaking into the top 20 after finishing 21st and 22nd in 2012.

Greig is one of only a handful of skaters in history to race a 34 second 500m before the age of 21.