2 Minutes with Cross-Country Skier Holly Brooks

Northwest Community Sunday, March 23, 2014 Written by

Curious how professional athletes fuel their bodies? Or how they stay active during the off-season? Follow along as LifeWise Director of Health Inspiration Ariana Kukors sits down with athletes from around the Northwest for our 2 Minutes with… mini-series.

Name: Holly Brooks

Hometown: Seattle, Wash.

Sport: Cross-Country Skiing

Extras: Holly competed in the Skiathlon 7.5km Classic + 7.5km Free, 10km Classic and the 30km Mass Start Free in the 2014 Winter Olympics. She also coaches cross-country skiing at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage.
Holly Brooks
Ariana: What is the most important workout for your sport?

Holly: Ski-specific moves like roller skiing on pavement. Since it doesn’t snow year-round, a lot of my training is cross training like biking, hiking, mountain running, trail running, lifting weights and swimming.

Ariana: What is your number one tip for eating healthy?

Holly: I try to eat the rainbow! Every plate of food you eat should be colorful and green is the healthiest color you can eat.

Ariana: What is your favorite cheat food?

Holly: I have a soft spot for yogurt-covered pretzels.

Ariana: Where is your favorite place to train?

Holly: Snoqualmie Pass. It’s the closest mountain to Seattle and I grew up skiing there. My family has a cabin in Gold Creek right across from the Hyak ski area.

Ariana: What do you love most about the Northwest?

Holly: The ocean and the mountains. Plus, there are so many recreational opportunities in Washington. You have the San Juan Islands, the Cascades, Puget Sound – it’s all right outside your door.


To learn more about Holly Brooks, visit her blog and follow her on Twitter.

Read more about cross-country skiing and other winter sports on Actively Northwest – and don’t forget to check out Ariana’s tips!