Kaya Turski wins gold in X Games slopestyle skiing
Canada’s Kim Lamarre earns bronze, Dara Howell 4th
Five months after having major knee surgery, Canadian Kaya Turski won her fourth career X Games slopestyle gold medal Sunday in Aspen, Colo.
The 25-year-old from Montreal took the lead for good after scoring a 91.33 on her second run of three runs.
Turski underwent knee surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in August. She has only been training on snow since Dec 9.
“It’s been crazy. It’s been a crazy week, it’s been a crazy journey for five months,” Turski told ESPN.
“I couldn’t believe it when I blew my knee five months ago but here I am. I just tried to keep everything clean, get my flow back in the zone and it paid off.”
The X Games course is huge and a full week of training and competition puts a lot of stress on an athlete’s body. But Turski assured everyone Sunday that her knee is ready to go for Sochi.
“It’s ok, I’ve tweaked it a couple times but it’s not really the knee it’s just the muscles around,” she said.
“Luckily I’ve got a great team of therapists around me helping me out and everything is feeling good.”
American Maggie Voisin took the silver with a score of 90.00.
Kim Lamarre, of Quebec City scored an 85.0 on her final run to finish with the bronze medal. It was her first career podium finish at X Games.
Dara Howell, 19, of Huntsville, Ont. finished fourth.