Katie Hensien isn’t one to shy away from taking the more challenging path. Case in point, for the 2018-19 season, not only will she ski for the U.S. Ski Team but she plans to continue her college studies at the University of Denver. For Katie, taking on skiing and school is what helps keep her balanced, enabling her to maintain her focus and competitive edge. It's something Katie learned to do while at Rowmark Ski Academy and so far has her stronger, faster and more prepared for the season ahead than ever. Perhaps Katie sums it up best, “I’m just trying to find my center of gravity in life and sport.”
Katie’s parents introduced her to the sport of skiing on a family trip to Whister, B.C. when she was only three. It quickly became apparent that skiing was something Katie loved to do. So, her parents bought an Airstream trailer and parked it in Lot B a Crystal Mountain in Washington so Katie could spend her winter weekends skiing and racing with Crystal Mountain Alpine Club (CMAC). Then in 2014, the family packed up and moved to Park City, UT so that Katie could attend Rowland Hall and Rowmark Ski Academy.
As a Freshman, Katie began her Rowmark career strong with a U16 slalom national championship in Sugarloaf, Maine, in 2015. Rowmark Director Todd Brickson still remembers the middle of Katie's second run, when she suddenly and precariously skied on one foot as the other flew into the air. “Katie's incredible recovery to win that U16 title epitomizes her style”, Todd said. "She goes all out, she attacks, but she's also a smart skier," he explained. Katie continued to work her way up the FIS and NorAM circuit. All that hard work and commitment paid off as she was nominated to the US Ski Team C- Team for the 2017-2018 season.
During her first year with the team, Katie started her first World Cups in Killington, Vermont and then Flachau, Austria in SL. Katie placed 4th in SL at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Davos, Switzerland. Katie earned her second nomination to the US Ski Team C-Team for the 2018-2019 season.
OFF THE SNOW
Katie is a freshman majoring in applied computer science with a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Denver, where she is also a member of the DU Ski Team. Katie enjoys mountain biking, backcountry skiing and training her 1.5-year-old German Shepherd, Jess. In the summer she takes time to coach young girls at Keely’s Ski Camp for girls.
- Rowmark Ski Academy
- Rowland Hall/University of Denver
- Years on Team: 2
Killington, Vt., SL, Nov. 26, 2017 - first World Cup start
U.S. JUNIOR ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS
2nd, GS, Sun Valley, Idaho, 2018
2nd, GS, Copper Mountain, Colo., 2015
6th, SL, Copper Mountain, Colo., 2015
U.S. ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS
4th, GS, Sun Valley, Idaho, 2018
12th, SG, Copper Mountain, Colo., 2016
14th, GS, Copper Mountain, Colo., 2016
FIS JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS
4th, SL, Davos, SUI, 2018
Olle Larsson Skier of the Year, 2015, 2017 and 2018, Rowmark Ski Academy