Skip Navigation
Regional News
Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake is one of three Adirondackers who will ski and shoot for the US biathlon team in Sochi Russia.  Photo:  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annelies-Cook-Biathlete/225854110764750">Annelies Cook Biathlete</a> on Facebook
Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake is one of three Adirondackers who will ski and shoot for the US biathlon team in Sochi Russia. Photo: Annelies Cook Biathlete on Facebook

Adk "late bloomer" chases Olympic biathlon medal

Listen to this story
In these weeks leading up to the Winter Olympics, we're profiling some of the athletes from the North Country who'll be competing in Russia.

Biathlon racer Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake, who is 29 years old, grew up skiing and shooting in the Adirondacks.

As a kid at Dewey Mountain and Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Cook joined a gang of athletes -- including Tim Burke from Paul Smiths and Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid -- who have come to anchor the US biathlon team.

Hear this

Download audio

Share this


Explore this

Reported by

Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Annelies Cook. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Annelies_Cook_1.jpg">Miceman</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Annelies Cook. Photo: Miceman, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Their sport combines rifle shooting and cross-country skiing.  

Over the Christmas break, Cook sat down with Brian Mann to talk about how she decided to return to biathlon racing for one more shot at the Olympics.

Annelies Cook:  When I first found out [that she was on the Olympic team] it was right after a bad race and I was just sort of relieved rather than feeling excited about it.  But now it's starting to feel exciting. 

I feel like this community is supportive of all kinds of dreams...people are doing all sorts of cool things, it's not just athletics.
Brian Mann:  What do you think about the fact that so many decades after the Lake Placid Olympic games, we continue to produce Olympic caliber athletes?

Cook:  It is pretty cool, there's such an Olympic spirit here.  The community really believes in people.  People always ask, Are you going to the Olympics.  So when you're a kid and you ski race and you really like it, there are all sorts of role models.  So it seems really feasible, I would say. 

Click listen above to hear the full conversation, including Cook's memories of skiing as a kid with fellow Olympians Tim Burke, Bill Demong and Lowell Bailey. 

Visitor comments

on:

NCPR is supported by:

This is a Visitor-Supported website.