Turski Repeats X Games Gold
ASPEN, CO (Jan. 27) – Winter X Games kicked off its 2011 events Thursday, crowning Canada’s Kaya Turski a repeat gold medalist in women’s slopestyle skiing in Aspen.
“I feel elated right now,” Turski said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself. The level of competition here is so high, all the girls killed it. I luckily had a good first run, a great cab 7 and nailed the cannon. That really eased the pressure.”
Turski was followed in second by Keri Herman (Breckenridge, CO) and Salt Lake City resident Grete Eliassenn in third.
“The girls were throwing it down – the most tight tricks I’ve ever seen,” Herman said. “It’s so good that the level’s up so high, it’s really motivating, I really had to step up my game. It was just incredible today.”
Eliassenn, who’s been busy promoting her new ski film, took home her second-consecutive bronze medal.
“It’s awesome to win again,” Eliassenn said. “I spent most of my season focusing on “Say My Name,” so it is cool to come back and progress after that.”
The World Championship Team for slopestyle skiing will be named on Monday, Jan. 31, three days before the competition goes down at Park City Mountain Resort on Feb. 3.
2011 Winter X Games
Aspen, CO – Jan. 27, 2011
Women’s Slopestyle Skiing
1. Kaya Turski, Canada, 93.66
2. Keri Herman, Breckenridge, CO, 93.33
3. Grete Eliassenn, Salt Lake City, 93.00
4. Ashley Battersby, Chicago, IL, 92.00
8. Meg Olenick, Aspen, CO, 76.33
10. Devin Logan, West Dover, VT, 73.00
Author of Story: Lindsey Sine