After making her Winter X Games debut in 2008, Groenewoud made a gradual move up the ranks, finishing third in both 2010 and 2011. Less than two weeks after that second bronze medal, she claimed gold at the 2011 FIS World Championships.
But Groenewoud has never been more proud of her skiing than she was at the 2012 Winter X Games. Her friend and teammate Burke, who had been an active lobbyist for the inclusion of ski halfpipe on the Olympic program, had passed away on January 19 after a training accident. Just over a week later, tribute was paid to four-time Winter X Games champion Burke and Groenewoud decided to let the love shown by those in attendance lift her up. Wearing a red ‘Sarah’ sticker on her helmet, Groenewoud performed the biggest air of the competition and won gold with an X Games record score of 93.66.
After winning silver at the 2013 Winter X Games, Groenewoud was unable to defend her world title, finishing 12th at the 2013 FIS World Championships. She underwent arthroscopic surgery on both her knees on December 17, 2013.
2012 Winter X Games Champion (Halfpipe)… 2012 Winter X Games Europe Champion (Halfpipe)… 2011 FIS World Champion (Halfpipe)…
Getting Into Sport: Started skiing at age three but left the sport behind when her family moved to Quito, Ecuador when she was in elementary school… While living in Ecuador, the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games were on and she was enthralled by the moguls competition… When her family returned to Canada shortly thereafter, she joined a recreational freestyle skiing program and relearned how to ski at age 13… She enjoyed the jumps more than the moguls so she transitioned into halfpipe… School: Working towards her Bachelor of Arts and Science degree at Quest University Canada in Squamish, BC where she is majoring in math and physics… Would like to do a Masters degree and potentially a PhD in bio-physics… Outside Interests: Describes herself as a foodie who is trying to become a better cook… Says music is integral to her life and enjoys going to concerts whenever she can… Enjoys reading, whether masterpieces or guilty pleasures… Loves trying out new activities and as part of that took a series of mixed martial arts classes… Odds and Ends: Superstition while competing is to always wear purple underwear and purple hair elastics with a Canadian flag bandana and red lipstick… Likes her competition clothes to be a little flashy… Athlete Ambassador for Right to Play and made a trip to Rwanda in 2011…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FIS World Championships: 2013 – 12th; 2011 – GOLD; 2009 – 11th
Winter X Games: 2013 – SILVER (Aspen), 4th (Tignes); 2012 – GOLD (Aspen), GOLD (Tignes); 2011 – BRONZE (Aspen), 5th (Tignes); 2010 – BRONZE (Aspen), SILVER (Tignes); 2009 – 4th (Aspen); 2008 – 10th (Aspen)