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Not bad for a girl who spent two winters on the bench with a slew of injuries. I had a big impact crash and split my pancreas in half. It was a random, freak thing. I was in the hospital for two weeks and had pancreatic surgery. I didn’t ski for nine months. Right when I came back, I tore my ACL and meniscus and had to take another year off. I’ve also dislocated my shoulder. One day, I’d like to get into sports medicine. I can relate to a lot of athletes from having a lot of major injuries.

Kaya Turski

Sure, freeskier Kaya Turski, a 21-year-old from Montreal, Canada, has endured her share of injuries (including a split pancreas), but none of that matters now: In January, she earned her first X Games gold in women’s slopestyle. This weekend, she’s competing in Homecoming, an all-women park-and-pipe competition founded by pro skier Kristi Leskinen, at Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs ski area. We chatted with Kaya at her home in Mammoth, California.