X-Games: Canadian Turski wins opening contest in ski slopestyle
ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 28) – The 14th running of ESPN’s Winter X-Games kicked off today in exciting fashion as Canadian skier Kaya Turski grabbed the first gold medal of the event in the women’s Slopestyle Skiing contest with more than an 11-point advantage.
Turski finished third in last year’s inaugural women’s slopestyle event after the Montreal native lost a ski during her first run. She kept them both on today to score 96.66 and beat Breckenridge’s Keri Herman in second and Salt Lake City native Grete Eliassen, last year’s silver medalist, in third.
“I can’t even explain what this means,” said Turski of her successful trip down a course of rails, kickers and jumps. "I have been working for this my entire life. To win X Games is a dream come true."
Chicago’s Ashley Battersby was just off the podium in fourth place while Aspen local Megan Olenick claimed fourth. Women’s free skiing star Sarah Burke of Whistler finished sixth.
For a complete list of this weekend’s competition and TV schedule click here.
Look for more in-depth X-Games coverage, images and video in the next digital issue of Ski Racing.
Skiing Slopestyle Women’s Final
Results from Aspen/Snowmass on Thursday
Name Bib # Hometown Score
1. Kaya Turski 571 Montreal, QC, Canada 96.66
2. Keri Herman 508 Breckenridge, Colo. 85.00
3. Grete Eliassen 509 Salt Lake City, Utah 84.33
4. Ashley Battersby 539 Chicago, Ill. 83.66
5. Megan Olenick 541 Aspen, Colo. 79.33
6. Sarah Burke 570 Whistler, BC, Canada 64.66
7. Kristi Leskinen 593 Uniontown, Pa. 50.66
8. Roz Groenewoud 507 Calgary, AB, Canada 0.00