Discipline: Ski Cross
Home Mountain: Mt Buller
Hobbies: Travelling and summer holidays
Katya Crema began skiing when she was three at Mt Buller. She joined the Mt Buller Race Club at 12, and loved racing ever since. She was selected for the Australian National Development team at the age of 17, where she competed at the Junior World Championships in Austria (2007) and Spain (2008). She was awarded Junior Alpine Athlete of the Year twice, in 2005/06 and 2007/08. At the age of 19, Crema switched to the new and upcoming sport of Ski Cross, where she immediately began to succeed on the World Cup circuit, coming 11th in Sierra Nevada Spain on her first season of World Cup. Unfortunately that same year she suffered a major injury, rupturing her ACL in her knee with required three surgeries to come back from. The following year she was back on track, and competed in her first World Freestyle Championships in Inawashiro, Spain, finishing 26th. In February of 2010, Crema was selected as a member of the Australian Olympic Team, and competed in the ski cross at the Vancouver Olympic Games. Ski Cross debuted at the 2010 Games, making Crema apart of the first group ever to compete in Ski Cross at the Olympics. She finished a credible 15th place. Now Crema has her sites set on the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, where she is hoping to bring home a medal.
Why “i ski from tommy.”
Being a few years older than me, I always looked up to Tom in ski racing. I guess you could say I was always striving to ski more like him. Without knowing it, he was an inspiration and mentor to me, as well as a great friend and teammate. I am skiing for Tommy to increase awareness of the dangers of skin cancer. I hope to raise funds for the VMS so that young, talented and lively people like Tom don’t have to suffer.