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.
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.
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.