Nina O’Brien started skiing out of Palisades Tahoe where she participated on the Mighty Mite program. O’Brien began her racing career on the West Coast with Team Palisades before moving back East to attend Burke Mountain Academy. O’Brien was quickly noticed as a top skier and joined the National Training Group (NTG) before she was officially named to the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team in 2016.
In 2019 O’Brien won the NorAm overall title, she is also an eight-time national champion. Since her time on the team O’Brien has competed at the 2022 Olympics, she is also a member of the Team Event that won gold at the 2023 World Championships.
O’Brien has three other siblings, all who ski raced. Her older sister Audrey raced for Dartmouth College, her younger brother Christopher skied on the Harvard Cross Country Team, and her youngest brother Preston is still ski racing.
"I didn’t quite bring it across the line on the second run [in Cortina's GS], but I’m really happy. I’m glad I went for it. I was definitely pushing the whole way down and I made some good turns. It’s actually still my best GS finish ever—a good day!"
8 Things You Didn't Know About Nina O’brien
- 1. Nina had the best season of her career in 2020-21, grabbing a career-best ninth in slalom, and a top-10 in the giant slalom at World Championships. She ended up ranked 15th in giant slalom on the World Cup start list.
- 2. Nina won the 2019 NorAm overall title, and was first in slalom, first in giant slalom, first in super-G, third in alpine combined, and sixth in downhill.
- 3. When Nina is not skiing or studying, she loves hiking, biking, watching documentaries, and collaging. She is also involved with Voice in Sport - a community to elevate women's voices in sport.
- 4. As a 17-year-old National Training Group (NTG) athlete in 2015, Nina wowed the crowd when she snagged the national title in giant slalom at U.S. Alpine Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine.
- 5. Nina has won seven national titles: super-g, slalom, alpine combined, parallel slalom (Waterville Valley, N.H., 2019), slalom, super-G (2018), and giant slalom (2015).
- 6. She is majoring in Economics and learning German at Dartmouth.
- 7. Her favorite career memory so far is scoring her first points at Killington. "It was pretty cool to be there with so many friends and east coast ski fans, it kinda felt like I got to share the moment with everyone."
- 8. One of Nina's biggest fears is Krampus, the Austrian Christmas demon!