Alex Kochon (formerly “Matthews”) was born to ski. What happened from there is anyone’s guess.
With a nordic-center director for a dad, she learned the fundamentals early — first in northern New Hampshire and then in northeastern New York. She raced at Lake George High School, where her greatest achievement was convincing her best friend, Anna Crawford, a New York State Nordic champion, to ski.
Upon graduating high school, Alex packed everything but her skinny skis and headed to Boston. There at Emerson College, she captained the women’s soccer team, earned an internship at the Beijing Olympics, and graduated with a degree in print and multimedia journalism. She then moved to the Colorado Rockies, taught nordic skiing at the Breckenridge and Frisco nordic centers, and rekindled her love of cross-country skiing. When she returned to the East Coast a year later in 2009, she had a new appreciation for the sport.
In addition to recreational nordic skiing, Alex also loves to telemark and backcountry ski in the winter, and swim, bike, hike, and run in the summer. A former sportswriter at The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y., she’s also a certified personal trainer and a mom.