Canadian Olympic skier, Kaya Turski, has dislocated her shoulder and injured her knee after crashing in both her qualifying runs in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. As a competitor in the first ever Women’s Freeskiing Slopestyle event, Turski gave it her all even pushing through a two-week illness leading up to the Winter Games. She even popped her own shoulder back into place after wiping out in her first run.However, the two wipeouts were enough to worry medical teams shuffling onto the course after her second fall.
Kaya Turski (CAN) crashes in Women’s Freeskiing Slopestyle qualification during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Photo:: Jack Gruber | USA TODAY Sports
Kaya Turski is a four-time gold medalist at the Aspen Winter X Games, and was a favorite to podium in Sochi.
“This has been the craziest journey of my life! These past of weeks have been an insane emotional roller coaster with the way my body’s been fighting a mean virus.”
Kaya Turski at the top of the Sochi 2014 Olympics Slopestyle course.Photo: Facebook
“I gave it my all,” Turski posted on Facebook. ”I’m proud of myself for making it this far 5 and a half months post op,” Turski continued. “Not necessarily the way I envisioned my Olympic experience, but today I became an Olympian for Canada in the first ever women’s ski slopestyle event. Pretty damn cool…”
Turski standing on the massive Olympic rails in the first ever Ski Slopestyle course. Photo: @kayaturski Instagram
“Thank you thank you for everyone’s support. You have helped me get to where I am… helped me through this journey and helping me get up today – head high.
Congratulations to my teammate Dara who had one of the most amazing runs I’ve ever seen. Hat off to you kiddo, really a beautiful job. Kim Lamarre – you are a champ. No one deserves this more than you. Much love, and thank you. Will all float on alright, onwards and upwards.”
The Ski Channel wished Kaya a speedy recovery.