September 1, 1989 |
Kelowna, British Columbia
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||60.2 kg (133 lb; 9.48 st)|
Kelsey Serwa (born September 1, 1989) is a Canadian freestyle skier. Serwa is a member of the Canadian national ski cross team. She won a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. She is the reigning FIS World Champion and is also the reigning Winter X Games champion. In addition, she has won two gold medals, one at the 2011 X Games and one at the FIS World Championships, and one bronze medal at the 2010 X Games.
Serwa won a national championship in 2009 at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, defeating world champion Ashleigh McIvor. Serwa won her first world cup event on January 13, 2009 at the Alpe d'Huez course after these finals were canceled on the 2009–10 Freestyle Skiing World Cup. Serwa won her first outright world cup race later that season at Lake Placid on January 24, 2010.
At the 2010 Winter X Games two weeks before the Olympics, Serwa managed to win a bronze at the famous cash event, fellow countrywoman Ashleigh McIvor had finished second. Serwa was a member of the Canadian Olympic team that competed in Vancouver in her home province of British Columbia. Serwa's bronze at the Winter X Games and third overall ranking on the world cup put her in as a medal favourite at the Olympics in Vancouver. She advanced to the semi-finals, but finished third in her heat and did not make the medal final. However, she competed in the "small final", which she won, finishing fifth overall.
During the next season Serwa won the gold at the X Games with a dramatic finish flying 150 feet in the air and crashing out badly injured, but the champion. Serwa carried her X Games winning momentum into the 2011 World Championships. There she qualified as the fourth fastest skier, Serwa then went on to finish first in the final ahead of teammate Julia Murray. With the victory she completed the seasonal sweep of the two biggest ski cross events in the world.
On February 21, 2014, Serwa won silver in women's ski cross during her second Olympics, finishing behind gold medallist and Canadian teammate Marielle Thompson.
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