Meet Kelsey Serwa, the woman who put Canada’s ski cross team back on top.

Serwa (K-ser to her friends) won World Cup ski cross gold in last week’s action-packed women’s final in Innichen-San Candido, Italy.

The reigning ski cross world champion from Kelowna, BC slowed down long enough to answer a few questions about herself:

Nickname? “K-ser”

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.”

What’s on your iPod? “I’ve been listening to a lot of reggae lately!”

Photo: Alpine Canada

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles