Making it to an Olympic podium after surgery

Meet Kelsey Serwa, who won silver at the Sochi Olympics in ski cross despite having torn her ACL…

Kelsey Serwa has had two blown knees and a broken back in the context of her skiing career.

She wasn’t sure that she was going to be able to make the podium at the Sochi Olympics because she tore her ACL and required surgery with under a year to recover and prepare for the Olympics.

She competed and won silver.

She credits physiotherapy as a being a critical factor in being able to recover, compete and win at ski cross – so much so, she is inspired to become a physiotherapist herself.

“When you’re pushing the limit, it’s only a matter of time before the limits push back.” – Kelsey Serwa

“I tore my knee for the first time in 2011 and I was leading the overall World Cup standings, so to have an injury then was pretty heartbreaking. But, I started racing again the next season and everything was going great but then I tore my knee again, and then I only had ten months until the Sochi Olympics… in my rehab, physiotherapists were huge in getting me back to the top.”


Posted by Arbutus Health Team

The Arbutus Physiotherapy & Health Centre is a health and wellness clinic that provides physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropractic care. We provide assessments and treatments to people with acute injury, chronic pain, and sports related injuries. We can help you recover and return to an active, healthy lifestyle, and peak performance.