Sydney O'Keefe

Age:  28

Hometown:  Prior Lake, MN

Occupation:  Hockey coach

Season Bib:  5

Wins:  0

Runner Ups:  0

3rd Places:  2

Podiums:  2

Top Ten Positions:  7

Mens World Ranking 2016/2017:  7th

Mens World Championship 2016/2017:  5th

Competing Since:  Quebec 2015/2016

When did you learn to skate?

-I was in 2nd grade when I learned how to skate on frozen ponds and lakes.

Did you play hockey growing up?

-Yes-lots! I also played D1 hockey at RPI out in New York.


If you could do anything non-athletic in your spare time, what is it?

-Spend time at my cabin, on the lake.- going fishing and hang out with my family and friends.

Describe going down an icecross downhill track for the first time:

-The first time I went down a track, it was intimidating to say the least. I had never skied before or snowboarded or skated on anything other than flat ice. So, going downhill on my skates was extremely challenging. After a couple good spills, it took some encouragement and few pointers from other riders to help me get past the Bambi legs. Because of the other athletes and the nature of the sport, my first time on a track was such a rush and so much fun; it was easy to get addicted to icecross downhill.

What are your guilty pleasures? Why do you wake up in the morning?

-I do love getting sucked into a good series- currently catching up on Game of Thrones.  I enjoy being active with my friends and spending time with my husband, hikes, bike rides, rollerblading, playing hockey, exploring new trails, boating, fishing, etc. I have the best time exploring new places and trying new things. I love coffee shops and breweries. My other biggest form of enjoyment comes from coaching hockey. I coach hockey and  absolutely love working with my players. They are smart, strong, funny, and determined young athletes who make the experience worthwhile!

How long have you been competing in ice cross downhill?
-This will be my fifth year involved in the sport.

What first got you interested in the sport?
-A facebook message. A former teammate of mine reached out and asked a large group of female athletes if we’d like to try out for it. It sounded like fun, at the time qualifiers were done on flat ice so we were skating at the xcell energy center in St. Paul for tryouts.My times were good enough to make the cut and I advanced to the real track in St. Paul. It was an awesome experience because it was the first time RBCI had an all female race in the US.  I ended up winning the women’s race and advancing via wild card to Quebec that year.

If there is one piece of advice that you could offer new riders, what would it be?
-Go for it, have fun, and enjoy the entire experience!

What is your best result or favourite memory at a Red Bull Crashed Ice?

-There are so many good memories, it’s hard to pick just one, but my first race in St. Paul that I won advancing me to Quebec was one of my favorites. Since then some of my top finishes have been taking third place one in Munich Germany and Marseille France. All were unforgettable experiences.