Squamish, BC local Keltie Hansen has a lot on the go. Between competing on the world stage in multiple disciplines and attending university, Hansen keeps her plate full.
She competed in her first Olympic Games at Sochi 2014 in the Olympic debut of ski halfpipe and made her debut at the FIS World Championships in 2009 as at 16. The next year she won silver in slopestyle and finished fifth in halfpipe at the 2010 FIS World Juniors.
In 2010-11, she finished a career-high fourth in the world rankings of the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, in large part due to her bronze medal at the FIS World Championships and her victory at the AFP World Championships, where amongst the competitors she defeated was her greatest role model, Sarah Burke. She earned her first World Cup podium in 2013, finishing third in Sochi at the Olympic test event.
With all she has achieved, we figured it was only right to give Keltie a “High Five”.
Five Things That Surprised Me About the Olympics
- There are palm trees in Sochi.
- Free McDonald’s in the Athlete Village. Yes, I did take advantage of this (after I was done competing of course).
- Behind the scenes of the excitement and success stories displayed by the media, there is a lot of hard work, tears, and bruises. I don’t think my body has ever been so beat up as when I competed at the Olympics.
- The pride I felt representing Canada in the debut of my event was unexplainable. I gained a new understanding of how well respected Canada is by the world community.
- The only piece of clothing that I brought and wore at the Olympics, besides my ski gear, was my jeans. Most of the time we were dressed head to toe in Canadian Olympic Hudson Bay attire. The clothing suitcase I brought with me stayed relatively packed the entire time.
Five Things I Don’t Travel Without
- My travel kit (ear plugs, sleeping mask, essential oils, ginger chews, tooth brush, Advil)
- Lavender body butter
- Running shoes
- Body roller
- Note book
Five People I’d Like to Après With?
- Sarah Burke
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Amy Schumer
- Anyone from my ski team
Five Things I’d Tell My 12-year-old Self
- You’re going to switch schools a total of six times from kindergarten to grade 12, and you will make great friends at all of them.
- You don’t need to wear lip-gloss; your hair is only going to stick to it and drive you crazy.
- An all-blue sweat suit is not an outfit.
- You’re going to realize how much you love skiing this year.
- The friends you have now will stick with you through it all, so don’t worry.
Five Songs On My Training Playlist
- “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard
- “Communication Breakdown” by Led Zeppelin
- “Flawless (remix feat. Nicki Minaj)” by Beyoncé
- “My name is HOV” by Jay Z
- “Jukebox Hero” by Foreigner
Five Favourite Places I’ve Traveled To
- Tignes, France
- Huatulco, Mexico
- Tokyo, Japan
- Istanbul, Turkey
Five Biggest Influences
- Sarah Burke
- Trennon Paynter
- My teammates
Five People I’d Give Olympic Tickets To
- Two best friends from Edmonton, AB
- My dog, Nike
Five Things That Keep Me Sane While Recovering From Injury
- Tropical vacations
- Gilmore Girls
- Trying to acknowledge and celebrate all the progress in my recovery, no matter how small.
Five Essentials for Squamish Living
- Some sort of bike
- Columbia OutDry rain jacket
- Columbia rain boots
- Blowup boat for floating on the lakes in the summer.
- Columbia Minx waterproof hiking boot
Five Pieces of Advice I’d Give to Young Athletes
- Make sure you are having fun.
- It may be cliché, but hard work does pay off.
- Physical and mental health are very important. Take care of yourself.
- School is important; you will thank yourself later for applying yourself.
- Create a solid support group of people around you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.