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HOLLY BROOKS
Sport Discipline: Cross-Country
Height: 5-6
Weight: 135
DOB: 4/17/82
Birthplace: Redmond, Wash.
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Current Residence: Anchorage, Alaska
High School: Summit K-12 School (Seattle, Wash.) '00
College: Whitman College '04, Environmental Studies/Sociology Education
Coach(es): Matt Whitcomb
ROAD TO SOCHI
After leaving racing in 2004 to pursue coaching, Brooks returned to competition in 2009 with a fourth-place finish at the national championships. With three top-10 finishes at the 2010 National Championships, she secured a berth to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where she aided the women's 4x5-kilometer team to an 11th-place finish. In 2013, she tallied a career-best fifth-place finish in the 10K freestyle at the Gaellivare World Cup, and helped set a record in the 4x5K with a third-place finish in the first portion of the world cup tour. Peaking at the right time, the 2011 sprint classic national champion looks to build on her first Olympic results as she makes her second Olympic appearance in Sochi.
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2010 Olympic Winter Games, 11th (relay)
  • 2013 World Championships, bronze (relay)
  • 2012-13 Gaellivare World Cup, bronze (relay), 5th (10K freestyle)
  • 2012-13 La Clusaz World Cup, 9th (relay)
  • 2012-13 Quebec World Cup, 9th (team sprint)
  • 2011-12 Nove Mesto World Cup, 5th (relay)
  • 2011 World Championships, 25th (15K pursuit, 30K freestyle)
  • 2011 national champion (sprint classic)
  • 2010 National Championships, 2nd (20K mass start), 4th (sprint classic, sprint freestyle), 7th (10K freestyle)
PERSONAL
Daughter of Chris Syrjala and Don Brooks…Has one sister, Robin, and two brothers, Scott and Brian…Married Rob Whitney on July 11, 2009…Currently pursuing a master's degree in counseling psychology from Alaska Pacific University…Hobbies include reading, running, biking, boating and cooking.
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