Kelsey SerwaSki cross
A revelation since switching to ski cross in 2008, Serwa won her first World Cup race in January 2010 and hasn't looked back since. A talented, tough and extremely determined athlete, Serwa has become one of the most dominant racers on the circuit, racking up 15 World Cup podiums and winning gold at the 2011 X Games and the 2011 ski cross world championships. Serwa returned from a serious knee injury in 2012-13 only to reinjure it, but she is expected to be one of Canada’s best medal hopes at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Serwa grew up in Kelowna, B.C., where her grandfather was a co-founder of her local hill, Big White Ski Resort.
World champion – World Ski Championships – Deer Valley, USA (2011)
Gold – Winter X Games – Aspen, USA (2011)
15 World Cup podiums (2009 – 13)
World Cup ranking
Ski cross: 4th
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Best moment in skiing: Winning world championships (in 2011) after winning X Games the week before. I crashed through the line at X Games, which basically wrecked my entire back and tailbone. I skipped out on both the training days at world championships so I could rest and recover. Barely able to lift myself out of bed, I went on to win world championship gold against all odds. I’m still baffled by how the entire thing panned out.
Best World Cup stop: Alpe d'Huez in France. The courses there have more of an X Games feel to them and the builders are not afraid to push the boundaries and try new features.
Person you look up to most in skiing: I greatly admire fellow Olympian and world champion Kristi Richards. She seems to be the only female mogul skier who is forcing the sport to progress, and is throwing down tricks that used to be reserved for the male competitors. Kristi is the heart and brains behind the Supporting the Dream Legacy Fund, which was established to financially aid up and coming athletes in the Okanagan.
On your iPod: I've been listening to a lot of reggae lately.
Hockey team: Vancouver Canucks, obviously!
Something no-one knows about you: A lot of people know this about me but it’s kinda interesting . . . I can blow bubbles off of my tongue and air out of my tear duct.
Favourite activities other than skiing: I enjoy biking, running, volleyball, tennis, swimming, camping, disc golfing . . . basically anything outdoors.
Superstitions: I always tap my poles twice before entering the gate for a heat. I think it just gets my mind into racing. Maybe there's a little intimidation factor in there too, just to let the other girls know I’m going to be fighting hard out of the start.
If a movie was made about your life, who should play the lead role? If a movie was made about me, someone good looking should play the lead role, obviously! Ha. To be honest, I have no idea as I'm not very familiar with a lot of actresses.
What’s a talent you wish you had? I wish I was really good at mountain biking. I’m OK but if I could ride a bike down a mountain as fast and smooth as I can shred a ski cross course, I would be in heaven.
If you weren’t a skier what would you be? If I weren't a skier I would probably be a university graduate student!
Funniest thing you’ve seen in ski racing: A crash from a few years ago with four girls in Whistler, B.C. My teammate, Marielle Thompson, was one of the stars and the main cause of the crash. Basically everyone went down in one corner, including one of the girls who pulled a U-turn to check out if Marielle was okay. She ended up colliding head on with the racer who was taking up the rear. Priceless! Check it out on YouTube.
Most embarrassing moment: When I was little I used to have a hot pink pair of sweat pants which I wore everywhere! One night, my family was at the Loose Moose. I got called up to the stage along with five other people to act out the animals of Old MacDonald’s Farm. The pressure was on as there was a free hot chocolate on the line. When my turn came, I got so excited that I peed my hot-pink pants. The stain stuck out like white on rice!
Describe yourself in three words: Easy-going, focused and eager.
1st - Sochi, RUS (Feb. 2013)
2nd - Megeve, FRA (Jan. 2013)
1st - Innichen/San Candido, ITA (Dec. 2012)
1st - Innichen/San Candido, ITA (Dec. 2011)
1st - Innichen/San Candido, ITA (Dec. 2011)
2nd - Myrkdalen-Voss, NOR (March 2011)
2nd - Branas, SWE (March 2011)
2nd - Les Contamines, FRA (Jan. 2011)
1st - Alpe d’Huez, FRA (Jan. 2011)
2nd - Innichen/ San Candido, ITA (Dec. 2010)
1st - Grindelwald, SUI (March 2010)
1st - Lake Placid, USA (Jan. 2010)
1st - Alpe d’Huez, FRA (Jan. 2010)
2nd - La Plagne, FRA (March 2009)
3rd - St. Johann, AUT (Jan. 2009)
Finishes in the top 10
10th - Les Contamines, FRA (Jan. 2013)
4th – Telluride, USA (Dec. 2012)
9th – Nakiska, Alta. (Dec. 2012)
4th – Alpe d’Huez, FRA (Jan. 2012)
10th - St. Johann, AUT (Jan. 2012)
4th - Meiringen-Hasliberg, SUI (March 2011)
10th - Grindelwald, SUI (March 2011)
5th - Blue Mountain, CAN (Feb. 2011)
5th - St. Johann, AUT (Jan. 2011)
9th - Sierra Nevada, SPA (March 2010)
10th - Meiringen-Hasliberg, SUI (March 2010)
6th - Branas, SWE (March 2010)
9th - Blue Mountain, CAN (Jan. 2010)
9th - Les Contamines, FRA (Jan. 2010)
9th - Innichen/ San Candido, ITA (Dec. 2009)
4th - Meiringen, SUI (March 2009)
5th - Grindelwald, SUI (March 2009)
5th - Myrkdalen-Voss, NOR (Feb. 2009)
9th - Cypress Mt., CAN (Feb. 2009)
5th - Flaine, FRA (Jan. 2009)
7th - Les Contamines, FRA (Jan. 2009)
2010 Olympic Winter Games – Vancouver, B.C.
5th - Cypress Mountain, B.C.
World Ski Championships
1st - Deer Valley, USA (Feb. 2011)
5th - Inawashiro, JPN (March 2009)
Winter X Games
1st - Aspen, USA (2011)
3rd - Aspen USA (2010)
6th - Aspen, USA (2009)
Ski Cross Canadian Championships
2nd - Lake Louise, Alta. (April 2011)
1st - Calgary, Alta. (March 2009)
- Great 1st race back, now off to Europe for more SX action. THANKS to the volleys that made the Nakiska WC a success in -30°C, you rock!
- @cmap81 I have no idea what you're talking about...? Mind, body & knee are doing great & I am racing today in the opening World Cup.