2 X Olympian - 5 X National Champion Aerial Skiing
Diversity aside, national champion and ex-gymnast Emily Cook, never let go of a dream to compete in the Olympics. Sidelined by two broken feet only days after making the 2002 Olympic Team, Cook watched her hometown Olympics from a wheel chair, and missed three World Cup seasons while rehabilitating. She persevered and returned to compete in the winter of 2005 reaching her Olympic dream in '06 in Italy and the Vancouver Olympics in ’10.
Cook, has added difficulty to her repertoire, which has given her the edge she needed to make it to the top. She won her ﬁrst World Cup in front of over 30,000 spectators in downtown Moscow in 2008, and was on the podium at both U.S. World Cups in 2009. The conﬁdence from her success has left her amped about continuing to tighten her triple-twisting double back ﬂips.
Having won two FIS World Cups in Moscow, Cook is ready to stand atop the podium in Russia once again this time in Sochi at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Emily is known for overcoming obstacles, motivating others, and elevating her games to a new level. She loves sharing that passion with the world.
Even though Emily’s main focus is the Olympics, she also has a passion to give back to children and young athletes. During her injury, she created “Visa Champions Creating Champions”, a mentoring program during which Olympians from a variety of winter sports worked with youngsters in the community.
Emily is an ambassador for Right to Play and recently traveled to Jordan to spread the beneﬁts and life lessons of sport to disadvantaged children. She is also a supporter of The National Ability Center, The Women’s Sports Foundation and The Youth Winter Sports Alliance.
When Emily is not on the slopes or in the gym, she enjoys surﬁng, rock climbing, ﬁshing with her dad, yoga and most recently skiing the backcountry. She loves to travel and see the world, and can also be found doing public speaking for many notable companies.
Crash landing (a bit of history): The top U.S. female aerialist leading up to the Salt Lake Games, Cook secured herself a spot on the Olympic team with a win at the 2001 Gold Cup. But two weeks later, and two weeks before the Opening Ceremony, she crashed during a training jump in Lake Placid and caused serious damage to both feet. With the Olympic aerials competitions taking place in her hometown of Park City, Cook watched from a wheelchair with a red white and blue cast with stars on one foot and an orthopedic boot on the other. Her teammate Speedy who took her place visited daily and even showed the world what the US aerials team is made of by flashing NBC cameras with gloves saying “Hi Emily”. Emily’s coaches, teammates, friends, family and sponsors supported her through the Salt Lake Olympics and on to Torino.
Back on the hill: Cook underwent the first operation to repair her feet a week before the 2002 Games began, and her second surgery -- one she didn't anticipate having to endure and a major setback in her rehabilitation -- took place in June 2003. But through all of the surgeries and the rehab, Cook thought about the 2006 Opening Ceremony, and the chance of walking in with her U.S. teammates was too strong to give up. She rejoined the World Cup circuit three years after her crash in January 2005. Two months later, Cook placed seventh at the 2005 Worlds, tops among Americans. Despite the abbreviated season, she finished 14th in the 2004-05 World Cup standings. Just one year after returning to her sport, Cook won the 2006 Olympic Trial and secured her spot on the 2006 Olympic Team. Walking into the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games with her teammates, she said was the most amazing moment of her life.
Cook, whose mother died when she was 2, skied at 4 and moved into freestyle when she was 14 as a member Carrabassett Valley Academy’s heralded program in Maine. A gymnast and diver as a youngster, she was a combined skier to start. By 17, she had made the U.S. Freestyle Team and moved to Park City to train fulltime. She was on two Junior World Championships teams, saw her first World Cup action in acro and earned her first World Championships berth in 1999. Cook also earned the aerials bronze at the 1999 Junior Worlds in Finland.
Resides: Park City, Utah
Hometown: Belmont, MA
Birthday: July 1, 1979
Coach: Todd Ossian
College: University of Utah
High School: Carrabassett Valley Academy
Belmont High School
2 X Olympian (2006, 2010)
5 x US National Champion
7 World Cup Podiums including 2 win
6 Time World Championship Team Member