Go for the Gold 2018 Recipients

Girdwood 2020 has selected two exemplary Alaskan athletes to receive grants from its Go for the Gold program.  Both are 2018 Olympians in cross country skiing and are currently training through Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center, while attending various international competitions this winter.  We are proud of their individual successes to date, and pleased to support them in their future endeavors.

Please meet our 2018 Go for the Gold Recipients, Rosie Brennan and Rosie Frankowski:

Rosie Brennan

Rosie is a member of the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center and a 2018 Olympian.  Born and raised in Park City, Utah, Rosie attended Dartmouth College graduating with a BA in Geography, and now lives in Anchorage, Alaska.  Rosie received an MA from Alaska Pacific University, where she currently continues to pursue her ski racing dreams.  Rosie made her first World Championship team in 2015, another one in 2017, and finally the Olympics in 2018.

In her time away from skiing, she has spent many years studying both Geography and Education and looks forward to furthering her academics in the future. She loves spending time outside with friends, baking treats, painting, and perusing real estate. Her community is also very important to her–Rosie is an ambassador for Fast and Female, a non-profit working to empower girls through sport, and Skiku, a non-profit that brings skiing to rural Alaska.

For more about Rosie Brennan:  www.rosiebrennan.com



Rosie Frankowski

Originally from Minnesota, Rosie now trains and races for the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center, representing Alaska nationally and internationally in cross country skiing. Rosie was a 2018 Olympian, placing 21st in the 30 km classic race, and is currently focused on qualifying for the 2019 World Championships in Austria this winter. Outside of ski racing, Rosie is a Project Manager at Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd., and occasionally teaches writing courses at Alaska Pacific University. Rosie is also a volunteer coach at the Mountain View Boy and Girls Club Run Club each summer, and the Denali Elementary School Running Club each spring. 

For more about Rosie Frankowski:  https://rosiefrankowski.wordpress.com/