Colorado native smiles through broken bones
Kelsey Brozek’s smile is infectious. Even on a dreary Sunday afternoon (more reminiscent of an October morning in Seattle than an August afternoon in Summit County), Brozek’s energy quickly fills a space as large as the dining room of Wild Bill’s Pizza in Dillon, where she sat telling stories.
Brozek, 27, who lives in Breckenridge and works as a server at the Dillon Dam Brewery, uses that energy well. A competitive motocross rider and snowboarder, Brozek won an open-125 class motocross event in Morrison two weeks ago against a field made mostly of men.
“I was so excited,” Brozek says. “I won a thousand bucks.”
Brozek competes against anyone, 15 years old or older, who enters with 125cc bikes or smaller.
The win marks the second time Brozek has defeated a field of men.
“(The races) are starting to see more women, but it’s still mostly men and probably always will be,” she explained.
And all this activity hasn’t come without a price.
“I’ve broken many bones doing it,” she said.
Two years ago, Brozek wrecked on a motorbike. The bike landed on her, causing her to lose a toe on her left foot and break her left collarbone. She’s also broken her elbow, nose and both ankles.
“It’ll get ya,” she proclaims with a laugh.
Eventually Brozek expects to move out west, to California or perhaps Seattle.
“They have a lot more (motocross races) going on out there,” she explains.
Brozek grew up in Morrison and attended Columbine High School. After spending parts of her youth playing rec league soccer and lacrosse, her father and brother introduced her to dirt riding when she turned 15.
“My dad always took these annual trips, so he bought me a bike and said, “Get out there,'” she said. Her first competition came in 1999. “I didn’t expect to win. It was just fun.”
The snowboarding hasn’t treated her too badly, either, and has allowed her to travel the world. Aside from Jackson Hole, Wyo. and Lake Tahoe Resort in California, Brozek also spent two years in Japan riding for the Powerpuff Girls Team, a team based on the Cartoon Central series that raised awareness for breast cancer.
“It was free,” she described. “But I didn’t know a lick of Japanese.”
She also made the finals last season in a Swatch Boardercross event at Copper.
But that’s not all. Brozek lived two years in San Diego on a sailboat while working at a surf shop.
“I suck at surfing,” she said, giggling.
But for now, Brozek is enjoying living in Breckenridge, which allows her to be closer to her family in Morrison.
And as Brozek departs the pizzeria for work, a friend tells her to have a good afternoon. “I will. I’ll smile. I always do.”
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