WSF Travel & Training grantee Rosie Brennan claims first U.S. title

Rosie Brennan, a winner of our 2012 Travel & Training grant, won her first-ever national championship last week in Soldier Hallow, Utah, in the women's 10k cross country ski event. The 24-year-old Dartmouth graduate, who took up her sport in the eighth grade, also claimed the bronze medal in the sprint event.

Although not totally unexpected, the Park City native's astounding success at the U.S. National Championships was a welcome surprise to her coach, Erik Flora.

"It's something we could see was possible, but to have two medals in two days, yeah, that's fantastic," Flora told Park City’s Desert News. "She's training really well, training a lot, and you could see through the fall that she's just made one step after another. And being on her home course, that doesn't hurt either. It's wonderful."

An All-American at Dartmouth, Brennan previously finished first at the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association Championships in 2011 and second at the St. Lawrence Carnival in 2010. With the help of our Travel & Training grant, Brennan is able to continue to compete at the elite level in Super Tours and World Cup events. Learn more about the WSF Travel & Training Fund here.

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Where are They Now?: 1998 Travel & Training Fund grantee Vonetta Flowers

On February 19, 2002, the entire city of Birmingham, Alabama, was glued to their televisions during the Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games, watching hometown favorite Vonetta Flowers become the first-ever athlete of African descent to win a Winter Games gold. The bobsledder, to whom we awarded a grant from our Travel & Training Fund in 1998, also competed in the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic Games, finishing sixth. As accomplished as she was pioneering, Vonetta blazed the trail for current runners-turned-bobsledders like Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams, who are both set to compete in Sochi next week. In honor of February’s Black History Month, we tracked down Vonetta to find out what she has been up to since her history-making run in Salt Lake in 2002.

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The countdown is officially on. One year from today, the entire world will tune into the grandest display in all of sports – the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Our Travel & Training Fund will help 12 athletes and two teams get there.

Congratulations to our 2011 Travel and Training Fund grantees

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