Birth Year: 1984
High School: Saranac Lake, New York
Height: 5' 6" Weight: 123 lbs
Current Location: Saranac Lake, New York
- Backcountry Skiing and Climbing
Biathlon Since: 2011
Poles: One Way
Coaches: Patrick Coffey, Jonne Kahkonen
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I could not live without…my family
My favorite place in the world is…home!
My dream vacation spot is…New Zealand
When traveling, the thing I miss the most is…my bed.
My favorite meal is…Pasta with olive oil and cheese, a Jess Cook Salad and a Marlijne Cook Pie.
My favorite television show is…GLEE!!!
I never leave my house without…wearing earrings
My favorite quote is…Be the change you wish to see in the world.
If I were not an athlete, I would be…a doctor
For the 2011 season, I expect to be…kicking butt in Europe.
More on Annelies:
I grew up in Saranac Lake a small town in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. I have spent most of my life skiing and running around in the woods with my family and I was lucky enough to grow up in a region that supports and values many Olympic dreams. Most of my teammates on the US Biathlon Team are people that I have known my entire life and have spent countless hours trying to keep up with as a child
I cross-country skied in high school and that is when I was introduced to Biathlon and got hooked! I spent four years out of high school as a Maine Winter Sports Center athlete and racing as a junior. Then I moved on to get my college degree at the University of Utah in International Studies. I loved living out west and it was one of the best decisions of my life because I got to cross-country ski race, finish my education, make really great friends and explore part of the country that was really different from where I grew up. After finishing at the University of Utah, I moved back to the Lake Placid region where I rejoined the Biathlon community.
Now I am living in Saranac Lake with my boyfriend next door to my older sister and her family and across town from my family. I feel very lucky to have so many people in my life while I train to compete at higher levels in biathlon! It has been a fantastic experience with many ups and down and after getting to race at my first World Cups in the 2010/2011 season, I am really fired up to keep pushing it!