Kaya Turski Talks Slopestyle

Red Bull's Primed Series goes into the mind of last year's Slopestyle Champion.
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With the 2013 Winter X Games taking over Aspen January 24-28th, we did a first person exploration of the total commitment to performance required for elite athlete, Kaya Turski, in preparation for the upcoming major competition in Aspen.

Competing Red Bull athlete, Kaya Turski, has struck freestyle skiing gold many times; in fact, she’s the most decorated female in Slopestyle's young history. Turski was the first woman to land a switch 1080 at the March 2011 Nine Queens Big Air competition in Austria, a trick she landed again for her third consecutive gold medal at X Games Aspen in 2012.

In this latest episode of Red Bull Primed, find out how Kaya prepares for events, from an intimate perspective. Below I have included the link to the video/coverage on RedBullUSA.com along with the video embed code to post on your website. Please let me know if you have any questions and be sure to watch Kaya compete in the Women’s Ski Slopestyle competition at Winter X Games Aspen 2013 on Sunday, January 27!!

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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.

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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.

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