Getting To Know Dani Maier

April 16, 2008

Danielle Maier broke her own school record in the javelin this season at the Stanford Invite with a throw of 174-0. She is currently second in the Pac-10 and the West Region and sixth in the nation with that throw. This weekend she will look to improve her mark at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.

The Stanford senior has battled injuries for much of her career, but is healthy this season and looking to achieve lofty goals.

Dani on Stanford-'My athletic career at Stanford has unfortunately been plagued by a number of injuries so this year I'm really excited to be healthy and really see what I can do. My coach has been great at getting me to a place where I think I can really do something amazing this year and I can't wait to see what happens.'

'I really think that being a part of this team has meant more to me than I fully realize until I look back years from now, but I can't imagine how different my life would have been without it. I've had the pleasure of sharing in the lives and success of so many outstanding people. I feel really blessed and I just hope that I can take in all the moments I have left with this team.'

Quick Hits with Dani-

The Thing that you love the most about throwing?

When I'm throwing the rest of the world disappears. I can focus everything down to a moment or a feeling. In that moment I have the power to control my own destiny and make all the ups and downs of the journey worth it.

Greatest athletic moment?

My junior year of high school I won the 300 hundred meter hurdles at our state meet. Coming around the last turn I was in 5th place and I can remember for a moment debating to give up, but I decided I could win and I came back from something I never thought I could have. It was a moment where I was able to really overcome myself and accomplish something I will always be proud of.

What sports other than Track that you played growing up?

I did any and every sport I could. I played soccer, swam and ran track in high school, but sports were my life growing up and so many of my memories have to do with my parents carting me from soccer practice to baseball practice or from a swim meet to a track meet. I'm really thankful my parents were so amazing and supported me through the many sports I tried out from childhood through high school.

Favorite thing about Stanford?

I love how you can think you've met everyone because sometimes Stanford feels like such a small place, but then you can meet someone you may have passed many times before and they can end up impacting your life in a way you never imagined.

Favorite Place on the Stanford campus?

Lake Log in the spring. I sat out there the other night and watched the sunset and the lake was full of birds. It was absolutely beautiful.

What is in your Ipod right now?

I'm really in a rap fix right now, so Atmosphere, Murs, Living Legends, Gym Class Heroes, stuff like that. But I could never leave out Joni Mitchell.

Favorite Book?

Um, I don't know if it's my favorite, but I've really liked Watership Down by Richard Adams since childhood. It's kind of like Lord of the Rings but about bunnies! How nerdy am I just making myself look?

Favorite food?

Spaghetti sauce - my mom's particularly. This is odd, because I detest tomatoes and all other tomato products.

Favorite TV Show?

Southpark. It's actually made me think of issues in entirely new ways and I love how the show isn't afraid to make fun of almost anything. Life's too short to take anything too seriously.

Funniest Teammate?

Liz Minoofar for sure! Most people think she doesn't talk, and she may be part mute, but every now and then she has these one-liners. Zingers!

Something from your hometown that you miss at Stanford?

My family.

What will you be doing in 10 years?

Whatever I'm doing in 10 years professionally, I really hope that I have a great family with kids, a dog, and even a white picket fence. Joking, but I wouldn't mind! I was lucky enough to grow up with a fantastic family and starting one of my own is very important to me.

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