Before she even drops in for her typical 3.5m-plus mute grab to kick off her run, it's tough to miss Rosalind "Roz G" Groenewoud on the slopes. In her signature head-to-toe gold lamé-style outerwear, bright red lipstick, and relative tallness for a halfpipe skier (Roz stands 1.77m, or 5'10"), the Canadian former World Champion cuts a striking figure wherever she happens to be on (and off) the hill.
However, it's in the halfpipe that Roz truly shines, with a combination of huge amplitude, deep trick basket, and a mindset constantly seeking to learn, progress, and win.
It's a mentality that has taken her to the top of the ladies' halfpipe world, and she has the results to prove it. In a World Cup career that goes back to 2006, Roz has eight podiums (including two victories), the 2011 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships halfpipe gold medal, and two runner-up medals in World Cup overall results to go along with four X-Games medals, including the 2012 X-Games halfpipe gold.
Roz dedicated that X-Games win in 2012 to her teammate and friend Sarah Burke, who died tragically while training in the halfpipe earlier that season. With Sarah as her inspiration and a 2nd place result at the Olympic test event in Sochi in February of 2013, look for Roz to push for gold at the Olympic debut of ski halfpipe at Sochi in 2014.