|Hometown/School:||Snowmass Village, CO|
Elissa was tricked into skiing her sophomore year by her coach, she was training for snowboarding but her team was away and so her coach suggested she train with the Nordic team "after skiing one race I was hooked." She still snowboards but no longer competitively which she did for 8 years on the US junior gold team. She's drawn to endurance sports and likes the solitude and the snow "you're just in your own head out there, you can't hide from anything".
She chose to apply early decision to Bowdoin College at the urging of an influential high school History teacher who suggested that Bowdoin would have a lot of activities to offer her outside of skiing. The most prominent figures in her skiing career have been Andrew Gardner, her first coach and now the head coach and Middlebury, Mark Clark the co-coach, and Eileen Carey her assistant coach, all of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School.
Her best Race was a 6th place finish at States held in Frisco, Colorado in the middle of a "heinous year" during which she had bronchitis, and tendonitis in both shoulders. Her worst skiing experience was in Crested Butte, a race where it was 4 below and she was just discovering her lactose intolerance. She threw up before the race as a result of a chimi changa from the night before, but raced anyway.