Sochi Spotlight on Annelies CookDate of Birth: 8/1/84
Hometown: Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Annelies cross-country skied in high school, but when she was introduced to biathlon she got hooked. She spent four years out of high school as a Maine Winter Sports Center athlete and racing as a junior. Later, she moved on to college at the University of Utah, where she cross-country raced throughout college. After finishing at the University of Utah, she moved back to the Lake Placid region and rejoined the biathlon community. After a disappointing Olympic bid in 2010, Annelies kept trying and made her first World Cup in 2011. Since that time, she has been a full-time member of the United States National team and is very excited to make her first Olympic appearance.
Annelies posted two of her personal best finishes at the 2013 Sochi World Cup with a 14th in the individual and 18th in the sprint. This season, she was a member of the U.S. women’s relay squad that finished 8th at the World Cup in Le Grand Bornand, France.
Annelies is the daughter of George Cook and Marijke Ormel. Her mother was born in the Netherlands, and when Annelies and her sister were in elementary school, they lived and attended school in their mother’s hometown. Annelies’ hobbies include reading, cooking, sewing, painting, music, backcountry skiing and climbing.
Read more here about Annelies, her start in Nordic skiing and biathlon, and living and training in the Adirondacks.