Mammoth Mountain local Kaya Turski takes first Winter X Games 14 gold medal

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 28, 2010 4:07 pm

Video of Kaya Turski’s victory lap

Newly relocated French Canadian skier Kaya Turski sure has been taking advantage of her proximity to the world-famous Mammoth Mountain Unbound Terrain Parks. How else do you explain for her dominating performance in Winter X Games Women’s Skier Slopestyle today in Aspen, CO? I suppose it could be the comfort of knowing she is falling on snow rather than concrete after all the nasty falls she took as a professional inline skater before transitioning to the world of freestyle skiing.

Either way you cut it, Kaya laid down not only one of the most progressive runs by a female of any discipline at Winter X, but she also earned one of the highest scores of all time with a 96.66. The win also earned her bragging rights of becoming the first gold medalist crowned at Winter X Games 14. While that honor will only last for a mere couple hours, after today I suspect it won’t be the last time we see Kaya with gold dangling from her neck.

Kaya was so ahead of the field, she actually got to take a victory lap on her final run as she had already scored high enough to walk away with the gold. However, rather than just take a “walk in the park” with her run, Kaya upped the ante by throwing massive 450s off the cannon box, switch 720s and 900s, and perfectly grabbed 540 mutes. Might Kaya be sending a message to Winter Dew Tour organizers who snubbed the ladies by not hosting any female slopestyle events on the circuit this year? Regardless, it’s clear after Kaya’s run along with notable feats such as Sarah Burke tossing a 1260 during her run, that the girls are significantly picking up their ski game.

I for one cannot wait to scope the girls take to the superpipe for the Women’s Superpipe Finals on Friday night. After Kaya has shown her dominance of slopestyle, one can only hope she might focus her efforts on dominating the superpipe as well. I guess there is always Winter X Games 15.