Sports sweetheart marries

Kelowna's sports sweetheart has tied the knot.

Olympic gold medallist Kelsey Serwa married longtime boyfriend and fiance Stan Rey on Saturday.

The outdoor wedding took place in the alpine at Big White Ski Resort.

It was a fitting location, as her grandfather, former MLA Cliff Serwa, was one of the founders of the resort, and that is where Kelsey honed her chops on the ski hill, eventually becoming an Olympic gold medallist in ski-cross.

"It was really cool. A bunch of my old teammates came back for it, and Big White was the most special venue I could have imagined," said Kelsey.

"they fired up the Bullet chair for us, and we had photos at the top. The ceremony was by Black Forest."

Serwa and Rey got engaged in June 2018.

Fellow Olympic team members flew in for the nuptials. The newlyweds then drove off in a vintage VW Beetle convertible.

About 190 guests attended the ceremony and reception.

"It was really beautiful," said Kelsey. "a lot of people made it happen."

Kelsey wound up her final season of competition on a high note in April, capturing the Canadian Ski Cross championship at Sunshine Resort in Banff.

In November, she will be inducted into the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame.

She won gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, and silver at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia. The pride of Big White also won a world championship in 2011.

The couple will honeymoon in Bali, but first Kelsey will complete the school year at UBC Okanagan, where she is working towards her degree in human kinetics.

And, not to forget the groom, Stan is a former racer who now is a sponsored Salomon "big mountain" skier who appears in movies and magazines.

The couple will continue to live in Kelowna.

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