February 05, 2014 - 3:44 PM
KELOWNA – The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are set to begin Friday, and Kelowna local Kelsey Serwa says she is ready for whatever happens.
Serwa is a freestyle skier and member of the Canadian national ski cross team. She is also the reigning FIS Champion and Winter X Games Champion.
She is currently in Whistler undergoing final preparations and physiotherapy ahead of her departure for Russia on Feb. 7.
“I’ve been doing physiotherapy constantly for the last three years,” she says. “There’s always maintenance to be done and I just want to make sure I’m 100 per cent heading into Sochi.”
Serwa says while she is not necessarily worried about media reports of an unprepared Olympics, she is hoping things are better organized than they seem.
“I’ve heard a lot of things about the state of the village right now so it will be nice to get there and see first-hand what’s going on,” she says.
Numerous reporters have shown an Olympics that, by all accounts, appears unready for the hundreds of thousands of visitors currently pouring into the small, resort town. Security issues have also been raised, but Serwa says even that is not going to distract her from what she has to do.
“There’s going to be so much security there,” she says. “We thought Vancouver was tight for security but this is going to be above and beyond what Vancouver was. I don’t think we’ll have a problem.”
While some participants have expressed concerns that Sochi is too far south to host a winter Olympics, Serwa says the conditions will seem quite familiar to her and her team mates.
“We actually really like wet snow because it’s what we raced on in Vancouver and it’s what we’ve grown up with on the Coast,” she says. “We have special skis that go really fast in wet snow so I’m going to go out there and try my best and make sure I leave nothing behind.”
Serwa’s first appearance at the 2014 Winter Olympics will be Feb. 21 at 10:45 p.m. PST. She can be followed through her Facebook page, her personal web page and Twitter (@kelseyserwa).
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