The top female slopestyle skiers in the world were on hand today to battle it out at Winter Games 16 and all eyes were on Montreal native, Kaya Turski. Kaya was looking to win gold for her 3rd consecutive Winter X Games, 5th when you include her two European WXG wins in the same streak. Each skier had 3 runs with the single top score being ranked. The 22 year-old Turski had two strong runs to start off but still sat in third heading into her final run. Being the returning champion she earned the right to ski last in the round. Rumour began to float around the finishing coral that she was going to attempt a fakie to fakie 1080. A trick that has the skier hit the jump backwards, spin three full rotations and land backwards. A trick never before landed in female slopestyle competition.
Entering her final run, Turski knew that she needed to pull out all of the stops if she was to capture gold. She ran smooth through the course executing as only she can and her switch 1080 off the final jump sealed the victory.
“It was great to see Devin (Logan) lay down a really good run. She killed it. It was really good already having the bronze dropping in, but I didn’t want the bronze, I wanted to win,” the playful yet determined Kaya said through a smile and knowing giggle, “so I decided to just go all in. It was really cool actually, I just wanted to keep it together and I did.”
Kaya went on to explain, “the switch 10 is definitely raising the bar, Anna (Segal) spinning both ways is raising the bar, Devin (Logan) getting inverted is as well, the level is getting really high, I'm just excited were pushing the sport, I think were all doing a good job of that."
WOMEN’S SKI SLOPESTYLE PODIUM
1st Kaya Turski Montreal, QC Canada95.00
2nd Devin LoganWest Dover, VT USA92.33
3rd Anna SegalMelbourne, Australia90.00
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WINTER X GAMES ASPEN 2012
Winter X Games Aspen 2012 returns to Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., January 26-29, 2012, with live coverage on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. This year marks the 11th consecutive year the event is being held in Aspen and features more than 200 of the world's best athletes in the sports of Skiing, Snowboarding and Snowmobile. In addition to 16 hours of live programing on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, more than nine hours of Winter X Games Aspen content will be offered on ESPN3 and 25 hours on ESPN 3D.