Who is Laurenne Ross?
Born on Aug. 17, 1988 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Ross began skiing at 18 months with her father, Rob, a former ski racer for Alberta's provincial team. She moved to Oregon at the age of 7.
Ross first raced at 6 and recalls, “everything felt so still and perfect, and I didn't know it then but I know now that that was my first experience of my ‘flow’ that I find through ski racing.”
Ross made her Olympic debut in 2014. Her best result was 11th in downhill.
Ross does not believe her career has had a breakout moment. Instead she believes it has been a steady incline.
Ross has various tattoos that relate to her life as well as her career. On her left shoulder, she has a tattoo of the Three Sisters in Alberta, a trio of peaks near where Ross was born and learned how to ski. On her right shoulder, Ross has a tattoo of the Three Sisters in Oregon, three volcanic peaks that signify the region she now calls home.
She also has one on her right forearm that reads “Raider,” an homage to her late grandfather’s fishing boat. Her grandfather, Al Purvis, won an Olympic gold medal in 1952 as a member of the Canadian ice hockey team.
Laurenne Ross: “I am an Olympic skier. An artist. An explorer and a creator.”
U.S. teammate Jackie Wiles: “She is a very free-flowing, fun-loving, artistic, confident individual. We all love it when she picks up her guitar and starts singing.”
2014: No medals
Off the Mountain
She plays piano, violin, cello, and guitar, in addition to signing, which might be her biggest strength.
On the World Cup circuit, she is the leader of an informal band made up of members of U.S. women’s ski team.
She is also an avid photographer and artist. Currently, she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Oregon. Ross jokes that she hopes to graduate within the next ten years.