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About Katya Crema

Katya Crema began skiing at the age of 3 years old at Mt. Buller, Victoria. She went from ski school to Team XTreme and soon on to Race Club, where skiing quickly developed into a passion.

In her first year race club at 11 years of age, Katya became the under 12 Victorian Champion. In her final two years of children’s racing, Katya became the under 14 Australian Champion. She was selected to be apart of the National Children’s Alpine Team, and competed twice at the World Children’s Championships (Topolino) in Italy (2002 and 2003).

In her first year on the open FIS racing circuit, Katya was selected for the Victorian Alpine Team. The consecutive year, she progressed onto the Australian Junior Development Team. By her third year FIS (2005), Katya took out the Australian National Championships title. She won this title again for the next consecutive 2 years, and then again in 2009, following injury in 2008.

During this time, Katya was also presented with the prestigious award of ‘Alpine Junior Athlete of the Year’ in 2004/05 and 2006/07.

In 2007, Katya was selected as a member of the Australian National Ski Team. She was chosen to represent Australia at the World Junior Championships in Flachau, Austria, where she finished 46th in the slalom. She competed again in the world event in 2008 in Formigal, Spain, her final year as a junior.

This same year, Katya’s ski cross career kicked off with her World Cup debut in Les Contamines, France, where she finished 18th. She continued to compete in alpine, however there was no denying her results on the ski cross circuit proved to be world class. Her season best of 11th place in the World Cup in Sierra Nevada, Spain, put her into 18th place on the overall world cup standings. Unfortunately, her season came to an end when she blew her ACL in a bad crash in the final world cup of the season in Meiringen, Switzerland.

Following a full knee reconstruction and a further 2 knee operations, Katya is back on track. She competed at the World Freestyle Championships in February 2009 in Inawashiro, Japan, where she finished 26th.

After a great 2009/10 season, including a 10th place at Lake Placid World Cup, Katya qualified for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, being apart of the first ever group to compete in Ski Cross at an Olympic Games. She finished in 15th place, a great result for the first-time Olympian.
Katya recently had a personal best season on the 2012/13 World Cup Ski Cross tour, finishing with a world ranking of 16th. Her top results included 8th place at the World Freestyle Championships in Voss, Norway, 6th place in the Telluride World Cup, USA, and 11th place at the Olympic Games World Cup test event in Sochi, Russia. Katya is now looking towards the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi where she hopes to bring home a medal.
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