Kaya Turski, gold-medal favourite, crashes out of ski slopestyle
'But I'm okay, I'm alive'
Reigning world champion Kaya Turski of Canada crashed in both runs of the women's ski slopestyle qualification round Tuesday in Sochi and failed to advance to the medal round.
Turski, 25, was a favourite to medal in the event. But injury and illness appear to have caught up with her, finally.
After crashing in her first run of the two-run final, Turski needed to post a score higher than 70.6 to advance to the final. But she went down again, finishing her Olympic campaign in 18th place with a score of 28.0.
The Montrealer had surgery in August to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in August, and has only been training on snow since Dec. 9.
Her recovery appeared complete when she won gold at the Winter X Games on Jan. 26.
But a virus weakened in the two weeks leading up to Tuesday's event and interfered with her training.
"The past couple of weeks have been pretty rough," Turski told CBC Sports after her disqualification.
"I wasn’t feeling great in practice this morning. First run, just didn’t have much confidence. And second run, it was going alright. I just kind of bobbled, and I kind of foolishly decided to go for the last jump. But I’m okay, I’m alive."
"I'm disappointed no doubt," she said. "I gave it my best shot."
Despite her disappointment, Turski stayed on to cheer her teammates in the finals.
"All these girls, they put a lot of heart into what they do, and we have a lot of fun. I'm sad I won't be out there with them but I'm rooting for them and think Canada's got a great shot."
Call it a prediction: Dara Howell won gold and Kim Lamarre won bronze.
(Yuki Tsubota, the final Canadian to qualify, crashed in her second run and was carried off course with a reported jaw injury. She finished sixth.)