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Consistency and All-Around Effort Mark One Skier’s Olympic Journey

Darrach Bourke

· Skiing
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A longtime Northern California wealth management professional, Darrach Bourke holds executive responsibilities with Emerson Equity. Passionate about skiing, Darrach Bourke's mother was a US National Team member and is passing on his love of the sport to his children.

One of the compelling stories of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing centered on Rosie Brennan. The 33-year-old American who was one of only a handful of female athletes to take part in all half dozen of the Olympics’ cross-country skiing events. She barely missed the podium in three events, including the team sprint (fifth), freestyle sprint (fourth), and 30-kilometer freestyle race (sixth).

Despite a lack of medals, Brennan was one of the most consistent members of the American cross-country team. She competed with skill and determination, despite the World Cup tour being postponed due to COVID-19 the month before, which meant that many skiers came into events lacking practice and fine-tuning. Along with teammate Jessie Diggins, she was one of a select group who competed in all six events, while finishing in the Top 15 overall.

As Brennan described it, competing in all the races and not entering a “downward spiral… and crash and burn situation” was a testament to proper load management. She is most proud of having proved herself an “all-around ski racer,” which few athletes at any level can lay claim to.