Rosie Frankowski, an Olympic cross country skier, was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She began Nordic skiing on the Southwest High School team. The legend is she joined Southwest’s Nordic ski program as a way to get back at her parents for not allowing her to play traveling volleyball. But she ended up loving the sport and meeting several of her best friends through the team, including teammate, Libby Ellis. Together they were in the State Nordic tournament for three consecutive years and both went on to Northern Michigan. In addition to earning 4 varsity letters for Nordic Skiing, she also earned three in both Cross Country and Track. A true leader, she was a five time captain for three sports, twice in both Nordic Skiing and Track.
She attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI while competing on NMU’s NCAA Nordic Skiing and Cross Country Running teams. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in History. She continued on at NMU and received a Masters in Public Administration.
During her time at NMU, she received three All-American honors for Nordic Skiing (2013, 2014), finished runner-up at the NCAA National Championships (2014) and earned a spot on the 2014 United States Under 23 World Championship Ski Team.
She is currently pursuing her goals and dreams while skiing with Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center, a professional team out of Anchorage, Alaska. She has competed around the world on the World Cup, OPA Cup circuit and US domestic Super tour Circuit. She finished in the top 25 in both the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and 2019 U.S. World Championships.
Outside of ski racing, she also obtained a Masters in Business Administration from APU in 2016, and is working as a project manager for Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. and as an adjunct teacher at Alaska Pacific University.