Growing up in Seattle, WA the ski scene was limited at best. My dad was my coach and my younger, triplet siblings (plus a few friends) were my “team.”
Following high school I went to and skied for Whitman College, never making NCAAs. In 2004 I moved to Alaska in search of snow and a ski community and I never left! I enjoyed a short career as an Environmental Consultant before skiing became life – I skied for work and I skied for fun. All that training allowed me to reach the next level.
I like to tell people that my rise to professional sports was like going to my first NFL game the week before the Super Bowl. The year was 2010 and I surprised myself and everyone else by qualifying for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games as a 27-year-old coach! (Can you say outlier?) Following the Vancouver Olympics I decided to give the whole “professional athlete” thing a try. I lived out of a suitcase and raced the FIS World Cup for three years, an experience I absolutely loved.
During this time I was lucky enough to be a member of the first-ever USA World Cup relay medal and our team was coined, “the American Revolution.” Yet, following the Sochi Olympics I knew I needed a change and reinvented myself to be the first-ever female athlete from North America to take on full-time marathon skiing. I raced 12 marathons in 11 countries around the world.
Today I am happily retired from my career as a professional athlete and have turned my attention and passions towards helping other athletes. At my business Holly Brooks LLC, I combine my love of sport, my rich athletic career, and my academic training into services designed to empower girls and women to achieve their dreams.