Nordic Nation: The Hard Work Pays off Episode with Rosie Brennan

Jason AlbertNovember 15, 2019

Back in 2015, prior to her first go at a World Championships, Rosie Brennan was asked this: What’s your biggest motivation while racing?

“I am most motivated by wanting to show that my hard work was worth it, that I did everything I could to go as fast as I could,” Brennan replied at the time. She was twenty six years old then, and now at 30 years old, the Park City native grinds away, still doing the hard work.

Rosie Brennan of the U.S. placed 10th in the women’s World Championship 15 k skiathlon in Seefeld, Austria. (Photo:John Lazenby/

Brennan, a current member of the U.S. Ski Team’s A-Team, has had an on-again off-again career with the national team. She has, however, been a rock on the APU elite team where she’s surrounded herself with some of the nation’s top cross-country athletes.

In 2018, despite being nominated to the Olympic team, she developed a nagging virus that sapped her energy. She eventually returned to form —  last season  her best World Cup campaign to date. She ranked 27th in the distance standings and popped a career best sixth place in the Davos, Switzerland 10-kilometer skate

We spoke to Brennan for the podcast as she finished up a ski team training camp based in Park City. We spoke about her recovery from illness and her role as an athlete representative  at U.S. Ski & Snowboard. 

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Jason Albert

Jason lives in Bend, Ore., and can often be seen chasing his two boys around town. He’s a self-proclaimed audio geek. That all started back in the early 1990s when he convinced a naive public radio editor he should report a story from Alaska’s, Ruth Gorge. Now, Jason’s common companion is his field-recording gear.

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