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Kelsey Serwa

Freestyle Skiing CAN

Kelsey Serwa

Kelsey Serwa
  • Birth date 9/01/1989
  • Birthplace Kelowna
  • Residence Kelowna
  • Height/Weight 5'6"/ 136 lbs
  • Olympics 2010, 2014


  • Residence
  • Kelowna, BC, CAN
  • Club / Team
  • Big White Ski Club : Kelowna, BC, CAN
  • Higher education
  • Biokinetics, Physiotherapy - Okanagan College [CAN] / University of British Columbia Okanagan [CAN]
  • Hobbies
  • Blogging, cycling, paddle boarding, yoga, surfing, camping. (, 22 Dec 2016)
  • Injuries
  • In December 2016 she damaged the cartilage in her knee after overshooting a jump in training. She required surgery and was unable to compete for the rest of the 2016/2017 season. (, 22 Dec 2016)

    In March 2013 she tore the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her left knee. She had injured the same knee in 2012 while training in Norway. Her recovery took six months and she took the entire 2014/2015 season off to allow for a full recovery. (, 22 Dec 2016;, 27 Sep 2013)

    In January 2012 she ruptured the ACL in her left knee at a World Cup race in Alpe d'Huez, France. The injury occurred after she got tangled up in another skier's pole. She did everything she could to help the healing process, which included buying a new mattress and having sessions in a hyperbaric [high pressure] chamber. (, 08 Dec 2012)

    At the 2011 Winter X Games in Aspen, CO, United States of America, she injured her back, thumb and ribs after crashing on the line. She still won the event. (, 01 Jan 2013)

    She had a series of minor injuries up until 2010, which included a broken wrist, a fractured and bruised heel, bruised ribs, a bruised lung and concussion. (Athlete, 05 Feb 2010)
  • Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
  • She taps her poles twice before getting in the start gate to focus her mind on the race, and keeps a silver dollar sewn in her racing suit. (, 22 Dec 2016)
  • Other sports
  • She was on Canada's alpine skiing development teams before switching to ski cross. (, 04 Dec 2012)
  • Famous relatives
  • In the 1960s her grandfather Cliff co-founded the Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, BC, Canada. (NOC Media Guide, 2014)
  • Why this sport?
  • She used to be a member of the Canadian national development team for alpine skiing. She switched to ski cross after hearing it would be a new event at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
  • Most influential person in career
  • Her brother and sister. (, 01 Nov 2012)
  • Hero / Idol
  • Canadian freestyle skier Kristi Richards. (, 22 Dec 2016)
  • Ambitions
  • To win a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games. (Facebook page, 25 Oct 2017)
  • Awards and honours
  • She was named the 2009 Rookie of the Year by the International Ski Federation [FIS]. (, 26 Jan 2016)
  • Name of coach
  • Stanley Hayer [national]
  • When and where did you begin this sport?
  • She began skiing at age two and took up ski cross at age 18.
  • Occupation
  • Athlete
  • Languages
  • English
  • Nicknames
  • K-Ser (Facebook profile, 01 Nov 2017)
  • Sporting philosophy / motto
  • "Believe in the power of your dreams." (, 05 Dec 2012)
  • Other information
    She began skiing at the Big White Racers Club in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Her father had done some work digging a basement for the new club cabin, but it wasn't until the job was finished that the club admitted they didn't have any money to pay him. A deal was struck where the club offered a 'free' year in the Nancy Greene skiing programme for Serwa and her siblings to compensate for the costs of construction. (, 08 Feb 2010)

    At the end of the 2007/08 alpine season, her previous coach Nancy Jo O'Neil told her the national ski cross team was looking for new athletes to compete at the inaugural national championships in Rossland, BC, Canada. The event was due to be held a few days later, so Serwa booked a flight that night and arrived in time to race. "Half the time I didn't even know what I was doing. It turned out that I was a natural at the sport and I finished in second position. Not bad for a first attempt, but ski cross is full of outcasts from alpine. Alpine is so strict on rules. Ski cross is more relaxed, for free spirits or people looking for something more exciting than racing the clock." (, 10 Jan 2013;, 27 Mar 2009)

    She supports the Dream Legacy Fund, which provides financial assistance for developing athletes in the Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada. She has also served as an ambassador for 'Fast and Female', a non-profit organisation that encourages girls to participate in sport. "It's sad to know that the number of girls participating in sports is so much less than the number of boys. I feel so honoured to have the support of my friends, family and community to represent women in sport. There are so many valuable life lessons that are learned through sport. To me, being fast and female means being a girl who rocks the socks off all of those boys." (, 22 Dec 2016;, 14 Mar 2015, 01 Nov 2012)
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