Hi friends! I’m Jessica Yeaton, a member of the Australian National Cross-Country Ski Team. I was born in Perth, Australia, but I grew up all over the world. I started skiing when I moved to Alaska at age 12, and it has been a passion I have pursued ever since. I studied Exercise Science at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, where I earned All-American honors during my senior year. After graduating, I moved back to Anchorage to ski professionally for the Alaska Pacific University (APU) Nordic Ski Center. I graduated with a second degree in Counseling Psychology from APU in May of 2016. I worked part-time as a barista, and owe many of my accomplishments to a state of constant caffeination fueled by single-origin espresso.
During this time, I competed in three World Championships and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang, where I placed 12th in the Team Sprint. Other standout results during this time include 22nd place in the 2019 World Championships 20k skiathlon in Austria, 30th place in the 2019 Holmenkollen 30k classic, and multiple podium results at US National Championships. In addition, I pursued mountain running during this time and was the 2018 Mount Marathon Champion.
In August 2019, I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I am currently studying towards earning my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of New Mexico. I have continued to pursue ski racing while being a full-time student. Last season, I became the first Australian woman to complete the Tour De Ski; I then became the 2020 American Birkiebeiner champion. My sights are currently set upon the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, where I hope to raise the bar for Australian cross-country skiing results. I am also an avid mountain biker; there is no better way to explore the land of enchantment after class- while building fitness for ski racing.
I hope this blog helps you follow me on my journey to the 2022 Olympics and beyond, giving you insight into my studying, training, racing, and constant pursuit of latte art perfection.