Red Bull - High Performance Coach - Air Awareness and Acrobatics 

O2X - Resilience Specialist 

US Ski Team - World Cup and Olympic Team Coach 

Classroom Champions - Athlete Mentor Manager 

Skullcandy -  Manager of Sport and Human Potential

 


National champion and former 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, the Vancouver Olympics in ’10 and again in Sochi in 2014. She then went on to coach the 2018 Olympic Team in PyeongChang, China. 

Emily is known for overcoming obstacles, motivating others, and elevating her games to a new level. She loves sharing that passion with the world.

Today

Emily is currently working for Redbull as a High Performance Coach, focusing on air awareness and acrobatic skill with a variety of Red Bull's diverse elite athletes. She also works with O2X as a resilience specialist, supporting first responders and various teams across the country.

Previosuly, Emily worked as the Athelte Mentor Manager for the non-profit Classroom Champions and with the audio brand Skullcandy as their Manager of Sport and Human Potential, a role designed to bring together science, technology and the power of music to make a difference in the world. After competing herself, Emily traveled the world with the US Ski Team, coaching the next generation of champions to reach their own Olympic goals.

When Emily is not on the slopes, she enjoys cycling and hiking with her family. She loves to travel and see the world, and can also be found doing public speaking for many notable companies. 

 

Passion

Even though Emily’s main focus has always been 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 and was a mentor wtih Classroom Champions for many years. 

Emily is an ambassador for Right to Play and Kids Play Int'l and has traveled to Jordan and Rwanda to spread the benefits and life lessons of sport to disadvantaged children and currently sits on the board of US Ski and Snowboard. 

History

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.

Start-Up

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.

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Athletic Accomplishments:

  • 3 x Olympian (2006, 2010, 2014)
  • 7 x US National Champion
  • 3 x World Cup Champion
  • Olympic Team Coach