KELSEY SERWA - Summer was nice, but racing will be nicer!

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04. Dec, 2016 Written by: Elan


Kelsey Serwa (K-Ser as other skiers like to call her) first got into Skicross racing in 2007 and she has seen ups and downs in years to follow. The sweet taste of victory usually had a bitter aftertaste in her career, as she struggled with several injuries, but always came back on the racing track stronger than before. Part of her secret on how to jump from hospital bed to the podium has to be her sometimes “wacky” training routine.


Kelsey, the first race of the season is dangerously close. How do you feel about that?

I am excited for the World Cup season to finally kick off after a fun and challenging summer of weight lifting, gymnastics, bike riding and skiing. The first few races are exhilarating as they reveal how our summer training translates into racing.


Did you miss the thrill of racing in off-season?

It’s always missing when I’m not on the course, but in the off season, I try to find activities which get my adrenaline pumping in the same way. Learning new flips on the trampoline, riding new trails on my mountain bike, paddling for waves which I’m sure are going to crush me - these are all ways I keep my thrill for adventure satisfied. 


Let’s talk summer … How was that for you? Was it all training or was there time to relax?

At the end of World Cup race season, I escaped to Hawaii for two weeks. I relaxed on the beach, swam with turtles and sharks, and explored local peaks on daily hikes with my dad. From sand, I went back to snow for our first camp of the 2016/2017 season. May is often my favourite time of the year because we are able to dial back the intensity from the racing season and focus back on the basics. After the camp, I returned to University for two months to work on my degree. As soon as my last final exam was complete, I loaded my car and moved to Whistler for a summer of intense fitness training. As tedious as lifting weights day-in and day-out may be, my teammate Britt Phelan and I try to keep our training evolutionary and fun. You can get a taste of some of our ingenious exercises on my social media channels - we post a new workout once a week and have dubbed them Wacky Workout Wednesdays. 

Kelsey always amazes us with her training routines. You can follow her "Wacky Workout Wednesdays" on her social channels (FB, IG).


Yes, we love Wacky Workout Wednesdays as well … You never cease to amaze your viewers with creative workout routines, Tell us, how important is »out of the box« training for you?

In my opinion, anything you can do to keep training fun and dynamic is key to maintaining attendance, dedication and enjoyment. Anything and everything goes if it gets your heart racing, your muscles burning and your adrenaline pumping. We also have a trainer who develops a scientific program to ensure maximum improvements in speed, strength and coordination. The truth is, each athlete is unique and may respond differently to a generic program. It is important to know what balance of regiment and freedom-of-play you'll need to be your best. 


Expectations for this season?

My plans for this season are to race with my heart every heat. At the end of each race I want to be happy with my efforts, knowing that I fought all the way to the finish line. I plan for my focus to be simple and clear, so when I get into the start gate I will know exactly what needs to be done. Staying focused on the process should translate into successful results. This season will be a great opportunity to nail down a solid race plan and gain confidence as we head closer to the World Championships in March and the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. 


Elan has a strong skicross team gathered this year. How important is that? 

Having a strong team is everything! I feel very fortunate to have joined the Elan Ski Cross team last season and am excited to see its presence expand in this sport. Right now, there is so much opportunity for growth and development in ski cross and Elan is taking full advantage. With a solid roster of World Cup athletes, Elan is a strong ski company and will continue to add more World Cup, World Championship and Olympic medals to is name.  

Kelsey with Elan teammates (left to right): Brady Leman, Filip Flisar, team manager Blaž Lazar and Kevin Drury.


Anything else you'd like to tell the world?

There’s nothing I love more than a good joke, so if anyone has a good one-liner you’d like to share please reach out on my social medial channels (FB, IG).

Keep it real ski friends!


Kelsey talking about the importance of a team in Skicross




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