Rosie Brennan re-nominated to U.S. team after her best season yet |

Rosie Brennan re-nominated to U.S. team after her best season yet

Rosie Brennan poses with a framed picture of Inga of Varteig, an award given to her by current and former female U.S. Olympic cross-country skiers for her perseverance.
Photo by Reese Brown/ U.S. Ski & Snowboard

Cross-country ski racer Rosie Brennan has been nominated to the U.S. national team after competing for one season as an independent.

The Parkite was cut from the team before last season after a poor 2017-2018 season, the result of what she suspects to be an undiagnosed case of mononucleosis.

This past season she competed on the World Cup circuit as an independent racer, funding herself and hiring most of her own support staff. With the nomination, Brennan will get access to national team facilities, staff and funding.

Brennan said the nomination was “bittersweet” after last season, which was her best yet.

The 30-year-old finished the season 38th in the World Cup standings, and performed well at the Ski World Championships in Seefeld, Austria in February, taking 10th in the 7.5K skiathlon and helping the U.S. take fifth in the 4x5K relay.

Brennan was also given the Inga Award by a group of current and former female U.S. Olympic cross-country athletes for the grit she showed during the 2017-2018 season, and the resilience she showed in coming back to her best-yet season in 2018-2019.

“I am happy and proud to have my accomplishments from this past season recognized and to therefore have some funding for the coming season,” Brennan said. “But I also know that I can prepare myself best on my own terms, so I will be challenged with the balancing act of meeting the requirements of national team athletes while continuing to do what makes me best prepared for international competition.”

Brennan said she will continue to work with her club coach to manage her energy and make the best decisions within the bounds of the U.S. team.

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