Rosalind Groenewoud

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Rosalind Groenewoud
Rosalind Groenewoud 2014-06-06.jpg
Personal information
Nickname(s)Roz G[1]
Born (1989-12-10) December 10, 1989 (age 28)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
ResidenceSquamish, British Columbia, Canada
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)

Rosalind Groenewoud[pronunciation?] (born December 10, 1989) is a Canadian freeskier. She is the 2011 FIS World Champion in halfpipe, Groenewoud is also a 2012 Winter X Games champion x 2 (Aspen and Tignes) and has 3 silver and two bronze medals from X Games competitions in halfpipe. She won the AFP Overall Championship in 2009 & 2010 and AFP Halfpipe Overall Ranking in 2012. She is the first woman to design her own pro-model freestyle ski with the female owned ski company Coalition Snow.


Groenewoud won the gold medal in the halfpipe at the 2011 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships.[2] When Groenewoud won gold during the 2012 Winter X Games in Aspen and in Tignes, she dedicated her wins to teammate Sarah Burke who died in January 2012 in a training run.[3] During 2013, Groenewoud was considered among the top female skiers in her sport and as such was a favourite to win gold in the new Olympic sport of halfpipe at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.[1] During the 2012–13 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup she finished second at the stop in Sochi that was considered the last test event at the location before the Olympics.[4]

Prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics Groenewoud required surgery on both her knees in part to an injury that occurred earlier in December. Despite this, she qualified for Canada's team at the Olympics.[5] Two weeks before the Olympics, Groenewoud successfully competed at the X-Games '14 where she won the silver medal in the superpipe competition.[6] Groenewoud finished seventh in her event's Olympic debut at Sochi 2014.[7]


Groenewoud was a close friend and teammate for 7 years of deceased Sarah Burke whom she considers her inspiration. She carries her name on her helmet in all competitions.[1] She is currently studying math and physics at Quest University where Groenewoud frequently makes the honours list.[1] She is a member of the Target action sports team. Her Olympic sponsors were P&G, RBC, Visa, General Mills, Bell Canada, BMW Canada.


  1. ^ a b c d David Ebner (January 5, 2013). "Above and Beyond: Why heaven is a halfpipe for Rosalind Groenewoud". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "Canadians sweep halfpipe titles at freestyle worlds". CBC Sports. 5 February 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Groenewoud wins X Games superpipe; Dedicates to Burke". TSN. January 28, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "Canadians reach the podium at Sochi ski-cross event". Globe and Mail. February 19, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "Roz Groenewoud, halfpipe skier, has knee surgery". CBC Sports. December 19, 2013.
  6. ^ Kate Petterson (January 24, 2014). "Roz Groenewoud, halfpipe skier, wins X Games silver". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  7. ^ "Roz Groenewoud". Team Canada. Retrieved 2018-02-18.

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