July 26, 1989
Jesse Cockney is an Inuit cross-country skier from Yellowknife, NWT. Jesse competed at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics and raced the internationally for Canada on the World Cup circuit from 2011-2018. Jesse’s career highlights include nine National championships, four top-10 finishes at the World Cup and the overall NorAm champion for 2012-2013.
Jesse retired from the Canadian ski team in 2018 and began coaching junior athletes with his local ski club, Foothills Nordic in Calgary, AB. Jesse began studying kinesiology at the University of Calgary in 2018 and graduated with distinction in 2022. Jesse is currently working towards a master’s degree at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.
Jesse shares his passion for sport and healthy lifestyles with youth through Classroom Champions. Classroom Champions pairs Olympians with classrooms in Canada and the United States to share lessons on goal setting, community and resiliency among others.
Jesse coaching Foothills Nordic Ski Club in 2019. (Credit: Doug Stephen)
Jesse winning the 2019 NorAm skate sprint in Canmore, AB. (Credit: Doug Stephen)