"I didn’t know what to expect, I just knew I was going to give it everything I had."
7 Things You Didn't Know About Katie Hensien
- 1. Katie is an impressive multitasker. While competing for the U.S. team, she is also pursuing a computer science and business degree with a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship as a full-time student at the University of Denver and is skiing for the DU team.
- 2. She was a part of the Junior World Championships team who grabbed second place at the Team Event in Val di Fassa, ITA, along with teammates AJ Hurt, River Radamus, and Ben Ritchie.
- 3. Katie was awarded the Olle Larsson Skier of the Year award in 2015, 2017, and 2018 at Rowmark Ski Academy.
- 4. When she isn't on the slopes, she likes to mountain bike, trial run, fly fish, paddle board, and spend time with her German Shepherd, Jess.
- 5. Katie is interested in becoming a product planner/designer later in her life.
- 6. Katie's three goals for the 2021-2022 season are to secure a World Cup start position, consistently finish top 30 in World Cups, and secure a spot on the 2022 Olympic Team.
- 7. She is passionate about encouraging women and girls in sport. She volunteers for zGirls and Keely's camp to help inspire young girls.
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Katie Hensien isn’t one to shy away from taking the more challenging path. Case in point, for the second-straight season, not only will she ski for the U.S. Ski Team but she plans to continue her college studies and ski 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.
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 Junior World Championships in Davos, Switzerland. She crushed it, along with teammates at the 2019 Junior World Championships, grabbing second in the team event, and she'll be busy balancing an NCAA schedule, classes and the U.S. Ski Team schedule during the 2019-20 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.