TANKTEAM!! Happy turkey week, this week’s athlete spotlight is coming at you from Morgantown, WV. Give it up for Danielle Shaner! I met her and her husband backstage at the OCB Chesapeake Classic – Check her amazing story below and @danielle.shaner
My name is Danielle Shaner. I am 28 years old, born and raise in Frederick, MD. I moved to Morgantown, WV after my husband and I got married in 2014. At that time I obtained an my Group Fitness Instructor Certification. I teach Group Ex. classes at the Pro Performance gym located in Morgantown. I grew up dancing for over 18+ years and dabbled in Volleyball in high school. My real passion for lifting didn’t pick up until I was in my early 20’s. I ran into a concern in 2012; I was diagnosed with a rare joint disease in my right knee called
Pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS). Since then, I’ve had 3 open knee surgeries to try and resolve the issue. I use this diagnosis to help make me stronger mentally and physically. In a matter of a few months I can regain almost 100% of my mobility and range of motion. After years of wanting to compete and then convincing myself out of it, I finally took the plunge and found a coach in Feb. 2016. I started working with Erin Dimond (Columbus, OH) and got right to work. I competed in my first show at the OCB Presidential Cup (August 20 2016) placing 4th-Bikini Novice Class A & 5th-Bikini Open Class A. I wanted to challenge myself and stay in prep for one more show. I placed 1st Bikini Novice Class & 2nd Bikini Open Class in the OCB Chesapeake Classic September 17, 2016. I am now taking a year off to build and recover from my, upcoming, 4th knee surgery in January 2017. I have a very competitive spirit and determined to achieve every goal I set for myself. I plan to embrace the off season to make necessary changes and progress. I look forward to coming back to the stage next year and seeing how far I’ve come.