At her Olympic debut in PyeongChang, Jess Yeaton competed in the most events out of anyone in the 2018 Australian Team. The 26-year-old cross country skier competed in five events, recording a best individual result of 41st in the 10km Free. Yeaton and teammate Barbara Jezersek finished 12th in the Team Sprint Free, recording Australia's best ever Team Sprint cross country result. The 26-year-old also placed 50th in the 7.5km + 7.5km Skiathlon, 48th in the Sprint Classic and wrapped up her debut Olympic campaign with a 42nd place finish in the grueling 30km Mass Start Classic event in a time of 1:40.55.
Yeaton grew up all over the world and at age 12 moved from Dubai to Anchorage, Alaska where she took up cross country skiing. She has put a lot of her success down to a number of years of structured training and now regularly trains with top USA World Cup skiers like Sadie Bjornsen and Kikkan Randall.
Yeaton had a breakout season in 2016/17 which included making the Sprint finals at the PyeongChang 2018 Test Event while also claiming 24th in the Skiathlon event. She competed in five events at the 2017 World Championships just missing the top 30 in the Mass Start when she claimed 33rd.
She made history alongside Jezersek in the Team Sprint Free in Dresden 2017, as the duo became the nation’s first ever finalists in the event at a World Cup.
Yeaton competed on the NCAA circuit and graduated with a degree in Exercise Science from Montana State University. Away from skiing Yeaton is a barista and loves mountain biking.