University Elite Team

The Team is comprised of skiers who have made a commitment to achieving international excellence. The APU team has professional student athletes who manage their training and academic load to compliment yearly preparation for the racing season. In addition to student athletes, there are also members of the team who are solely focusing on their ski racing. All members serve as role models and leaders to inspire and mentor the next generation of American heroes in Anchorage, Alaska, and the rest of the United States.

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Erik Bjornsen

Erik grew up in the Methow Valley in Washington State where he started out downhill skiing. He soon realized he preferred cross-country, and came to Alaska to ski for UAA in 2010. He enrolled as an undergraduate student at APU and joined the Ski Team in the spring of 2011. Erik is a 2014 Sochi Olympian, 2014 and 2013 National Champion, and broke through into the top 20 in the Toblach Pre-Olympic World Cup this year. When not racing or training he enjoys fishing, camping, and playing tennis with his girlfriend.
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Sadie Bjornsen

Sadie Bjornsen

Originally from the Methow Valley in Washington State, Sadie skied at UAA for one season before enrolling as a business major at APU and joining the Elite team in 2010. After a breakthrough season that year, Sadie was nominated to a spot on the U.S. Ski team in the spring of 2011. She was a 2011 and 2013 World Championship team member and was second place in a World Cup team sprint with APU and U.S. Ski Team teammate Kikkan Randall. In 2014 she was a member of the Sochi Olympic and national team, placing 18th in the Olympic 10k and 1st in the US National 30k.
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Rosie Brennan

Rosie Brennan

Rosie grew up in Park City Utah. She began Nordic skiing in 2003. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2011 with a degree in Geography and has now finished her teaching certification from APU. Rosie now plans to work towars a Masters in Arts in teaching over the next year. Rosie won the sprint, distance, and overall Super Tour titles in 2013 and in 2014 was the US overall champion by winning one event and getting two other podium finishes.
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Rosie Frankowski

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rosie began cross country skiing on the Southwest High School team, proceeding to ski for Northern Michigan University while pursuing undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Spanish and a Masters in Public Administration. During her time on the NCAA circuit Rosie earned three All-American finishes, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the 2014 NCAAs and two top 10s at U.S. Nationals. Rosiealso was a member of the 2014 Under 23 World Championship Team in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Rosie recently moved to Anchorage to join APU’s Elite Team and now can be referred to as “Frankie” to eliminate confusion with another Rosie teammate.


 Hannah Halvorsen

Hannah Halvorsen

Hannah was introduced to skiing as a family lifestyle at age two. Growing up in Truckee, California she started racing at 11, competing in four Junior Nationals, three U18 Nations’ Cups, and the Youth Olympic Games her senior year. Hannah competed in Park City World Juniors in 2017, where she and her relay team earned a bronze medal. She is currently a freshman at Alaska Pacific University and plans to major in psychology. Hannah started training with the APU Elite team the summer of 2017, and is excited to race for the team this winter and hopefully qualify and compete for a medal at World Juniors.


Logan Hanneman

Logan was born and raised in Fairbanks, where he started skiing from a young age. Growing up in an active family, swimming and skiing were his main sports, until he decided to ski collegiately at UAF for four years while earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Having completed the college circuit, Logan joined the APU Elite team in the Winter of 2015-2016, during which he earned his two first SuperTour podiums as well as a spot on his fourth World Junior/U23 Championship Team.

Dawson Knopp

Dawson Knopp

Dawson Knopp was born and raised in Wasilla, Alaska. From a young age, his parents would take him and his twin brother out to ski on the local trails. After graduating from Colony High School in 2017, he decided to further his academic and athletic career with APU. Dawson has been to three Junior Nationals, including three All-American finishes. In his free time, Dawson enjoys traveling and spending time with his friends and family.


Tyler Kornfield

Tyler was born and raised in Anchorage. He graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a mechanical engineering degree in 2013. Along the way, he became the youngest National Champion in 2010 in Anchorage. Two years later, he won his second National Championship in Rumford, Maine. To continue his dream, he joined the APU Elite Team last spring. In his first year with the team, he was a member of the 2014 U23 Championship Team followed by training and racing for two months on the European Cup circuit. He finished out the season with a bronze in the classic sprint at US Spring Nationals in Anchorage.
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Forrest Mahlen

Forrest has been a part of the APU program since the summer of 2006 and has been a part of the APU Devo, Junior, University Elite, Bridge, and as of summer 2016 the Elite teams. He took three winters out of state to ski for Montana State University Bozeman and graduated with a degree in Political Science in 2016. In 2014 he was the top American 10k skier with a 27th place finish at World Junior Championships, in 2015 he placed 5th at NCAA championships, and in 2016 he was a member of the best MSU NCAA result ever with a 4th place team finish. He is now enrolled in the APU MBA program continuing his decade plus of racing for APU.


David Norris

Growing up in Fairbanks, Alaska, David started skiing with his family at age three and was hooked from then on. He has been a member of the US Junior World and U23 World Championship team three times, competed at 4 NCAA Championships, and qualified for the 2012 World Cups in Canmore, Alberta. He has earned three podium results at the US Senior National Championships classic event. In 2014 David graduated from Montana State University with a degree in accounting. David is now focusing his efforts on being a full time athlete while he works towards earning an MBA from APU.
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Thomas O'Harra

Thomas was born and raised in Anchorage. He grew up skiing in Junior Nordic and eventually joined the APU program in 7th grade, which he has been a part of ever since. He is currently pursuing a Math degree at APU and plans to graduate in 2017. Thomas has been a member of the 2014 and 2015 Junior World Championship teams, with a top-15 in the classic sprint in 2015. He then traveled to Junior Nationals and won a National title in the 15km classic race.


Eric Packer

Eric grew up in Alaska, and has ski raced since the age of five. He attended Dartmouth College, where he was a three-time NCAA All-American, two-time National Championship medalist, and served as ski team captain. After graduating from Dartmouth with high honors in engineering, he continued to pursue ski racing on the East Coast and was named to the 2013 U23 World Championship team and NTG development team. Eric has decided to return to his Alaskan roots, and is excited to race with the APU Elite Team this season.
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Scott Patterson

Originally from McCall, Idaho, Scott transitioned from skiing for enjoyment to competitive racing with moving to Alaska in 2005. Through high school Scott competed with Alaska Winter Stars before spending four years racing for the University of Vermont. Following graduation from UVM, Scott joined the APU elite team in 2014. He has represented the US on several junior and U23 world championship trips with some of the top American results for distance races. He finished 2nd at the super tour finals 15k in Anchorage in 2014.
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Becca Rorabaugh

Born in Fairbanks, Becca began racing in second grade and was one of the top Alaskan junior skiers. After graduating high school, she came to APU to see how far full-time training could get her. Although she lives on the East Coast during the spring now, she trains with APU all year. Becca was one of the top US women at the Quebec World Cup in 2012, placing 25th, and won the 10k classic race at the 2014 US Nationals in Soldier Hollow.
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Hunter Wonders

Hunter was born and raised in Anchorage Alaska. He has been skiing since he could walk. When he was little, his dad would strap skis on his feet just to play in the yard. Growing up he was always outside hunting, hiking, fishing, and more. He has made skiing his main focus and has competed internationally at the World Youth Olympics and the U18 Scandinavian cup. He has been to three junior nationals and won 4 individual races along with podiums in individual races and in team events.
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Jessica Yeaton

Jessica Yeaton

After growing up in Australia, Texas, and Dubai, Jessica moved to Alaska at age 12, where she fell in love with Nordic skiing. It wasn’t until college that she committed to skiing and put her road cycling aspiration behind her. Jessica graduated from Montana State University in 2014 with a bachelor degree in exercise science; that same year she earned a 5th place finish at the NCAA Championships. She is now a full time student at APU working on a second degree in psychology and a minor in business administration. As an Australian born citizen Jessica is racing for the Australian national team; she competed in the 2015 World Championships and represents the APU Nordic ski team domestically.
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