Carrie chats with Olympian cross-country skier Rosie Brennan! They talk about how she needed a nudge from her Mom to get into skiing, how she has found a new confidence at the age of 32 in her speed, strength, and tactics, her goals for the next Olympics, how she is giving back and making a difference in the world of sport today, and so much more!
Recorded March 19, 2021
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Rosie Brennan is a member of the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center and a 2018 Olympian. Born and raised in Park City, Utah, Rosie then attended Dartmouth College graduating with a BA in Geography. Upon graduating, Rosie moved to Anchorage, Alaska where she graduated with a MA from Alaska Pacific University is pursuing her ski racing dreams racing for the APU Nordic Ski Center and U.S. Ski Team.
It took some time for Rosie to find her true passion. She bounced around in sports from gymnastics to soccer and even a little alpine skiing, but nothing captured her. She found herself heading into 8th grade with not much going on, but with a lot of energy and competitive spirit. Her mom tried again and again to find an activity for her and kept coming back to cross country skiing. Eventually, Rosie gave in and told her she would try it. It instantly grabbed her and set her on a whole new path.
In 2020, After winning two World Cups, Rosie became the first American to have all three discipline leader bibs (sprint, distance, and overall) at the same time. She finished a career best season ranked 4th in the Overall and Distance World Cup.
Rosie has been lucky enough to be part of a strong movement of American women in cross country skiing where she has learned the power of a team, the ability to empower one another, and to not believe in boundaries that others see. These passions and beliefs have led her to engage with several non-profits in her community. Rosie acts as an ambassador for Fast and Female, a non-profit working to empower girls through sport; Skiku, a non-profit that teaches skiing to kids throughout rural Alaska; and Voice in Sport, a mentoring program for female athletes.