MADDIE

Biathlete | Activist | Adventurer

Maddie grew up in Old Forge, New York and learned how to ski at age eight with the Polar Bear Ski Club.  Maddie skied competitively all through high school, and was introduced to biathlon at age fifteen. After graduating high school, she decided to hold off on college and dedicate her time to full-time training.

Maddie found at lot of success during her years competing as a junior on the international circuit. She has placed in the top-ten at Junior World Championships five different times, with fourth place being her best finish. Maddie made her IBU Cup and World Cup debut in 2015; her top result on the IBU Cup circuit is 10th, and her top result on the World Cup is 65th. Maddie has been on the US Biathlon National Team for five years and represented Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

 

Maddie is currently based out of Lake Placid, New York and is training with NYSEF. She spends her free time working with the non-profit organization Protect Our Winters on climate change issues. Maddie enjoys spending as much time in the outdoors exploring; whether that be through mountain biking, rock climbing, or trail running! She also dabbles a bit in ceramics and creating artwork of her favorite mountains.

As a winter athlete, Maddie believes in advocating for environmental sustainability, which is why she joined Protect Our Winters (POW) Athlete Alliance in 2016. POW helps passionate outdoor people protect the places and lifestyles they love from climate change. POW is a community of athletes, scientists, creatives, and business leaders advancing non-partisan policies that protect our world today and for future generations.

 

Maddie has met with hundreds of students, written several newspaper op-eds, and travels to Washington, DC to speak to lawmakers asking for their support for strong climate policies.

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MADDIE PHANEUF

USA BIATHLETE

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