Joanne is the daughter of 1980 Olympic speedskating bronze medalist Beth (Heiden) Reid, and the niece of Eric Heiden, a five-time Olympic gold medalist in speedskating. She was an NCAA champion cross-country skier at the University of Colorado-Boulder before taking up biathlon in 2015. She has an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics and a graduate degree in engineering from the University of Colorado. Joanne's hobbies include mountain biking, climbing, rollerblading, microbrewery touring, road tripping, meeting amazing people, studying, learning new things, building things, breaking things... "If it ain't broke, I'll break it."
Fun Facts About Joanne:
My favorite place in the world is… the American west. From the Rockies to the Pacific, the Sonoran Desert to Cascadia, the West is as diverse as it is beautiful.
When I travel, the thing I miss most... is Colorado craft beer, and a close second is high-speed internet.
I never leave my house without... first opening the door. I often leave my house with my bike, my car keys, absolutely no idea where I'm headed or where I'm going to be sleeping, and end up in a different state.
My favorite spot to vacation is... the southwest, because I love the heat, cactuses, and the desert.
My favorite sport is... American football; I'm a huge Seattle Seahawks fan, but also support the Denver Broncos.
The weirdest thing about me is... my preferred sleep schedule is from 1 or 2 in the morning to about noon.
Biathlon Since: October 2015
Member of National Development Group since: 2016
Club: Colorado Biathlon Club, USBA