About Holly

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.”About Holly 2-1100x562

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.

Academic/experience credentials:

  • Masters in Counseling Psychology (MSCP), Alaska Pacific University
  • BA in Environmental Sociology w/minor in Education, Whitman College
  • IOC certification in Sports Psychology
  • West High School head ski coach 2004-2007
  • APU Nordic Ski Center fulltime coach 2007-2010
  • High School Counseling Internship, Service High school 2015-2016
  • Lead Ambassador/Event Organizer, Fast and Female
  • Spokesperson & Health Hero for Healthy Futures

Athletic credentials:

  • Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, 2018
  • 2x Olympian: Vancouver 2010 & Sochi 2014
  • 2x World Championship Team Member: Oslo 2011 & Val di Fiemme 2013
  • Former US Ski Cross Country Ski National Team Member (USST)
  • Member of first-ever Relay medal, US Ski Team World Cup, 2012
  • 2x Mount Marathon Champion, 2012 & 2014
  • 2x American Birkebeiner Champion 2012 & 2015
  • 4x Bird Ridge Champion
  • Resurrection Ultra Marathon 50-mile Champion 2015
  • Lost Lake Run Champion 2010

Professional Organizations:

  • Association for Applied Sports Psychology (AASP)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)