Junior Elisabeth Bocock has a huge presence both on and off the ski slopes. She is always there to cheer, crack jokes, and contribute positively to the learning environment at Rowland Hall. When she’s not skiing, she’s hanging out with friends, playing soccer, eating at B&D, or playing capture the flag. Additionally, as an avid Fortniter, she had to learn how to split her time between gaming, hanging out with friends, schooling, and most importantly skiing. As for her family, she has a sister, Mary Bocock, a senior at Rowland Hall and Elisabeth’s teammate on the US Ski Team, and two brothers, Jimmy and Scottie, who attend Saint Lawrence College and Williams College respectively. Elisabeth also has two dogs, Toby and Marley, who are best friends. Although Elisabeth’s skiing abilities are what really make her stand out, she is also a varsity player on the Rowland Hall girls’ soccer team, helping them win the state championship in 2020. In 2021, she won “Most Improved” and was a vital member of the squad. Aside from soccer, this year she is ranked first in the nation and second in the world for giant slalom and made the US Ski Team.
Elisabeth is one of the stars of Rowmark as she is ranked highly both on the national and global circuits. Her specialty is in giant slalom (GS), which is an event that involves skiing around gates that are about 23-27 meters apart. GS is more focused on technical ability rather than speed. Elisabeth is not only an expert at GS, but she also is ranked first in the nation and 10th in the world for slalom, which is a smaller version of GS, with the gates only being between 9 and 13 meters apart. Elisabeth picks up different types of skiing automatically as she has only skied super giant slalom twice, but still finished first in the nation and twenty-fifth in the world at the end of the season. These statistics are what helped Elisabeth’s nomination to the national team, as they show that she is one of the best skiers (if not the best for some events) in her age group.
At only 16 years old, Elisabeth is the youngest member of the US Ski Team. The US Ski Team has multiple levels of competition with the A team containing Olympians like former Rowland Hall student Breezy Johnson. Elisabeth will be skiing for the development team (D team). When Elisabeth got the call that she was recruited to ski on the national team, she was “beyond excited. [She’s] wanted this for basically my whole life, and with [her] sister Mary also being on the team, [she] felt even more excited.” Elisabeth and Mary are exceptionally close, having shared a room since they were little, and doing almost everything together from soccer to skiing. With only seven women qualifying for the D team, this accomplishment is something to be extremely proud of, and when you see Elisabeth in the hallway, don’t forget to give her a pat on the back!
To get to where she is now, Elisabeth skied through Rowmark and made many sacrifices. Elisabeth began skiing on Rowmark at the age of 13, and prior to that was skiing on the Snowbird Ski Team. Joining Rowmark was a smart move for Elisabeth as it allowed her to balance academics and racing. Despite the benefits of joining Rowmark, as Elisabeth got older and progressed in her abilities, she missed more and more school. This year, from late fall to early spring, she was out of town racing for more than half of the time, forcing her to be diligent about her schoolwork. Elisabeth explained, “my teachers are very accommodating about my schedule. I just have to keep my communication up with them throughout the year so nothing gets confusing.” In addition to her absence at school, she misses a lot of social events throughout the year, which is one of the sacrifices Elisabeth has made to get on the US Ski Team. One of Elisabeth’s best friends, Maddie Carlin, said that “we’re always sad when we don’t see Elisabeth basically ever during the winter, but we’re eternally proud of her accomplishments and can’t wait to see where she goes with the rest of her skiing career.”
Elisabeth’s nomination to the US Ski Team is an amazing accomplishment, but that’s not where her journey ends. Elisabeth plans to take her skiing abilities even further as she wants to ski at either Dartmouth or Middlebury, while continuing to ski on the US team. Her friends and family will continue to follow her progress and support her in whatever ways they can! Elisabeth is not only extraordinary on the ski slopes, but also while playing Fortnite, spikeball, and soccer, and is an all around rockstar.