Six-time U.S. champion and ex-gymnast Emily Cook grew up in suburban Boston and never let go of a dream to compete in the Olympics. Sidelined by injury after making the 2002 Olympic Team, Cook missed two World Cup seasons while rehabilitating her badly injured feet that were practically "destroyed" in a training accident. Cook essentially had to learn how to walk again. She returned in the summer of 2004, competed in the winter of 2005 on the World Championships Team and finally achieved her Olympic dream at the 2006 games in Italy. She battled back to the top again in 2010, earning her second trip to the Olympics (finishing in 11th place) after missing the last two World Cup qualifiers because of a deeply bruised heel. Cook earned two more World Cup podiums in the 2012-13 season, bringing her career podium tally to a competitive nine. After capping the season ranked second overall in the aerials rankings, she’s coming into the Olympic season experienced but still hungry.
- 2013 World Cup rankings - 2nd overall
- 2013 U.S. Championships - Heavenly, Calif. - 1st
- 2013 World Championships, Voss, Norway - 10th
- 2011 U.S. World Championships, Stratton, Vt. - 1st
- 2011 World Championships, Deer Valley, Utah - 7th
- 2010 Winter Olympics - 11th
- 2010 U.S. Championships - Squaw Valley, Calif. - 1st
- 2009 World Championships, Inawashiro, Japan - 4th
- 2008 U.S. Championships, Olympic Park, Utah - 1st
- 2006 Winter Olympics - 19th
Things To Know:
1. Won the bronze medal in aerials at the Junior Worlds in Finland in 1999.
2. Cook's father is also the team's photographer.
3. After her injury in 2002, Cook gave up her Olympic spot to the late Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, who committed suicide in 2011, a year after winning silver at the Vancouver Games. Cook now sits on the Board of Directors of the Speedy Foundation, whose mission is to help educate young athletes and their peers as well as engage with advocacy groups such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness to increase awareness of mental illness and suicide prevention.