5-Time Olympian, Olympic & World Champion, “Get-Activist” and Active Mom
I’m one of the lucky few athletes that can say they made their Olympic debut in their birthplace when I got my start at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002. My parents were living in Salt Lake while my mother attended law school at the University of Utah, returned to Alaska a few years after I was born.
My Olympic dreams were shaped early by being the niece of two Olympic cross-country skiers. My Uncle Chris Haines competed at the 1976 Games in Innsbruck, AUT and my Aunt Betsy Haines in Lake Placid 1980.
My name is partly inspired by Christina “Kiki” Cutter, the first American, male or female, to win a FIS World Cup title in Alpine skiing. Ironically, in December 2007, I joined Kiki in the history books by becoming the first American woman to win a FIS cross-country World Cup competition.
In May 2008 I married my husband Jeff Ellis and became a mom in April of 2014 with our son Breck.
Did You Know?
- Favorite color is blue (pink is a close 2nd).
- Fan of all types of music, especially those songs with high energy!
- Favorite food is Canadian bacon and pineapple pizza.
- Fastest mile on the track is 5:00.2
- I can ride a unicycle
- I was born on New Years Eve
Words to Live By
Always give your best and never give up!
“I love combining power and technique to push your body to the limit — to the point of surreal awareness.”
Other Fun Facts
- Fastest Woman in Alaska on Skis 74.14 mph (1994, Speed Skiing)
- 7-time Alaska State High School Track Champion (800m, 1600m, 3200m)
- 3-time Alaska State High School Cross-country Champion
- East Anchorage High School Graduate – Summa Cum Laude (2001)
- Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Inductee (2011)
- FIS Athlete Commission Member (2009-2016), Chair from 2013-2015
- IOC Athletes’ Commission Member (present)