Danielle Audino grew up in Seattle, Washington playing just about every sport imaginable. Whether it was chasing her brother around the basketball court, her older sister in the pool, or her twin on the soccer field, she loved competing. Her eyes were first opened to the world of endurance sports when she watched the NBC Ironman World Championship broadcast with her twin sister in eighth grade. She remembers being in awe of the incredible and crazy athletes racing and knew that one day she wanted to find herself running (or crawling) across that finish line too.
As Danielle continued into high school, she pushed that Ironman dream to the back of her mind and narrowed her focus to soccer and skiing, leading her soccer team to two 3A state championships. She continued her soccer career playing for Whitman College where she was elected captain her senior year. Throughout her time in college, her love of endurance sports continued to grow, and when she found herself more excited for the pre-season fitness test than the first game, she realized she might be in the wrong sport. After finishing her senior season, Danielle made the switch to triathlon, signing up for her first 70.3 in 2016…without owning a bike. Overcoming that hurdle with her typical relentless enthusiasm, she joined the Whitman College Cycling team to get her feet wet in the world of bike racing. After that first half ironman, Danielle was hooked. She hired a coach and took the plunge to sign up for a full Ironman the following year. She finished third in her age group at Ironman Austria in 2017 and was able to check that off her bucket list. Since then, Danielle has focused on the 70.3 distance and punched her ticket to the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championships with her age group win in Ironman 70.3 Taupo, New Zealand.
Danielle recently moved to Portland to pursue her master’s degree at the University of Oregon in Sports Product Management. Regardless of the distance - half marathons, duathlons, 70.3s or trail races - Danielle loves testing her limits and finding new challenges. Danielle is coached by Juliet Thompson Hochman of Steelhead Coaching and trains with Portland Triathlon Club and Steelhead Select (the BATWomen).