Emily Dreissigacker has Olympic blood running through her veins. Her parents, Dick Dreissigacker and Judy Geer, competed in the 1976 Olympics as rowers, before going on to found Concept2, the rowing and erg company, and to build up the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Emily’s aunt, Charlotte Geer, won a silver medal in rowing at the 1984 Olympics. Her sister, Hannah, competed in 2014 at Sochi as a biathlete.
Emily, 29, grew up skiing at Craftsbury in the winter and rowing in the summer. At Dartmouth, she was a two-time All-American rower, but switched her focus to skiing and became hooked on biathlon. This December, Dreissigacker was the third American in the third IBU World Cup event, a 7.5 km sprint in Annecy, France. Then, in early January, Dreissigacker learned she’d made the Olympic team. All of Craftsbury is ready to cheer.