"I fight a lot in my life, for my sport and for my love.
Daniela Iraschko-Stolz is an Austrian nordic skier and one of the most successful female ski jumpers of all time.
In a career begun in 2000, Daniela has won virtually every trophy available in her sport. She finished the FIS Continental Cup, the highest-level female ski jumping competition at the time, in first place in three consecutive seasons from 2010 to 2012. She also won the recently created overall World Cup competition in the 2014/15 season and was runner-up on two other occasions. In 2011, she became World Champion on Oslo's famous Holmenkollen hill. She is also the first and thus far only woman to jump over 200 metres, a feat she managed in 2003.
Daniela was one of the most important figures in the popularisation and promotion of the sport that led to its inclusion in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi for the first time in the history of the Olympics. She won the silver medal, missing the gold by just one point.
Daniela is an outspoken lesbian, having married her partner Isabel Stolz in 2013. During the Sochi Olympics, she was asked to make a protest against Russia's contentious law banning gay propaganda. However, she refused to get involved in the controversy, saying she was there as a sportswoman, not an activist.
In a display of sportsmanship, Daniela once loaned her back-up pair of skis to her rival, Slovenian Špela Rogelj, who was then leading the overall World Cup competition ahead of her, when Špela's own skis failed to be delivered to the competition venue on time. Daniela was nominated for the Fair Play Award of the European Fair Play Movement for this action by the Ski Association of Slovenia, and was given the award later that year.