Photo by Jeannie McBroom
Hometown: Yellowknife, NWT
Residence: Canmore, AB
Ski Club: Foothills Nordic Ski Club
DOB: July 26, 1989
Academia/Work: CCHS 2007
2011/2012 Goal: Top 6 at World U23 Champs Sprint
Favourite Race: 10km Classic Mass Start
Words I Live By
"For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes—not that you won or lost—but how you played the Game."
Jess was first introduced to skiing in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories at the age of 5. Like most 5 year olds learning to ski near the Arctic Circle, he hated it. Thankfully, his parents were persistent in getting him layered up and he began to find enjoyment in the sport. His family left Yellowknife and moved to Canmore in 1997 where the trails at the Canmore Nordic Center would provide new territory for him to explore. Jess was a member of the Banff Ski Runners under the coaching direction of Anders Lenes before becoming a member of Foothills Nordic Ski Club in 2007. Jess joined the Academy in its inaugural year of 2008. Jess represented Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championships in Praz-de-Lys, France and at the 2010 U23 Championships in Hinterzarten, Germany. Jess was also selected in both 2009 and 2010 to race the OPA Tour, an additional competitive European racing circuit following a World Championship event.
A highlight to Jess’ 2009-10 season was at the Olympic Trials held in Canmore in December. On the Canadian circuit, aside from the World Cup and Olympics, the Olympic Trials were some of the most anticipated events of the season. They are used to select the final athletes to fill the remaining spots for the Canadian Olympic team. Needless to say, all the Senior athletes put a lot of focus on these races and have put most of their preparation into performing in these races. First year U23 athlete, Jess Cockney, qualifies in 6th position in the 1.75km Classic sprint. Demanding the best, Jess battled his way into the A-Final and was matched up against the best sprinters in Canada on the given day. After getting tangled up on the first hairpin corner of the course, Jess finished 6th overall. A disappointed initial reaction gave way to the realization of what it means to have achieved this result given the circumstances. Jess will be looking to recreate the fight and speed he had on this day at the 2011 U23 Championships in Otepaa, Estonia, also in a Classic sprint.
In his spare time, Jess can be found playing Xbox, being a sports fan (NFL, PGA, World Cup soccer, you name it), playing in the Canadian Rockies or working for the School District. As a teammate, Jess keeps things interesting; he’s always looking for ways to spice up the usual training routine with new paths to run on or the occasional sprint challenge. His enthusiastic personality matches well with his determination for self-improvement. Jess has the passion to achieve great things in the sport and we look forward to what his career has in store.
- 7th - Whitehorse, YK CAN National Championships 50 km C Mst
- 27th - Whitehorse, YK CAN National Championships SP 1.2 km M Final
- 13th - Whitehorse, YK CAN National Championships SP 1.2 km M Qual
- 7th - Whitehorse, YK National Championships 10 km C
- 31st - Forni di Sopra ITA Alpen Cup 10 km C
- 9th - Valcartier, QC Nor-Am Cup 15 km C
- 6th - Valcartier, QC Nor-Am Cup SP 1.2 km F Final
- 11th - Valcartier, QC Nor-Am Cup SP 1.2 km F Qual
- 13th - Valcartier, QC Nor-Am Cup 30 km M Pursuit
- 6th - Canmore, AB Nor-Am Cup SP 1.75 km C Final
- 6th - Canmore, AB Nor-Am Cup SP 1.75 km C Qual
- 25th - Canmore, AB Nor-Am Cup SP 1.75 km C Qual
- 15th - Canmore, AB Nor-Am Cup SP 1.75 km C Final