hannah halvorsen

hannah'S
STORY

I am a professional cross country ski racer who has been on skis since I could walk. I was born and raised in Truckee, California as the oldest of six kids. I have been chasing my dream of being an Olympian since I was 12.  I’ve always had a determination to figure things out when I believe they’re possible, and that hasn’t changed as I’ve grown up. I have also been fortunate enough to have parents who signed me up for anything I asked to try. I eventually narrowed it down to full-time cross-country ski racing because I saw that the dream of being an Olympian really was possible if I was willing to keep an open heart to learning and hard work, and there is nothing that comes more naturally to me.

                 

After graduating high school in 2016 from Sugar Bowl Academy, I moved to Anchorage, Alaska to join Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center. It has been an incredible opportunity for me because I have been able to pursue a double major in Psychology and Business from Alaska Pacific University while simultaneously pursuing my Olympic dreams with one of the best elite teams in the country.

                 

On November 1st, 2019 my story took an unexpected and traumatic turn when I was hit by a car while crossing the street. I suffered a skull fracture, bleeding and bruising in my brain, a tibia fracture, and my left MCL and PCL were torn completely and detached from the bone. Although I experienced a fair share of sadness, frustration, and fear, I have also become overwhelmed with gratitude for life. I was able to return to ski racing in December of 2020 and now have my eyes on this winter’s Olympic Games with a new scope of motivation and fight for the sport.

Thank you for your support!