Birth Place: Calgary, AB
Hometown: Calgary, AB
National Team Since: 2010
Home Club: Castle Mountain Freestyle
Sponsors: Coalition Snow, MEC, Bern Unlimited, BMW
One of the most decorated halfpipe skiers the sport has ever seen, Roz Groenewoud’s passion for freestyle skiing started in a very unique place. Although she was put on skis for the first time at the age of three in her hometown of Calgary, Groenewoud’s family would move to the warm climates of Quito, Ecuador, between the ages of 8-12 where her geophysicist father relocated for work.
While in Ecuador, Groenewoud caught the Olympic bug while watching the 2002 Winter Games held in Salt Lake City. Upon her return to Canada, Groenewoud’s family enrolled her in a recreational freestyle program in Calgary and she relearned how to ski at the age of 13.
Groenewoud would eventually realize that skiing moguls was not giving her enough of the air time she loved and made the switch to freeskiing, competing in slopestyle, big air, and halfpipe. She won the AFP Overall Championship in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, she began specializing in ski halfpipe. Since then, her career accomplishments have included two X Games gold medals, a FIS 2011 World Championship, and 2012 AFP Halfpipe Champion. Groenewoud also finished seventh at the inaugural halfpipe competition at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Off the snow, Groenewoud is passionate about her education and holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science from Quest University. She is also an active athlete ambassador for Right to Play and Protect Our Winters. Over the next two years, Groenewoud plans on writing the MCATs and will be looking at grad school programs in neuroscience.