Red Bull athletes Kaya Turski and Grete Eliassen have kicked off Winter X Games 14 in Aspen, Colorado by taking gold and bronze, respectively, in the women's Ski Slopestyle competition.
Turski settled any lingering pre-competition nerves with a near-flawless first run which she gradually improved upon.
Indeed, her third and final attempt, which included a 270 disaster, a 450 off the cannon, a switch 900, a 540 and a switch 720 off the 68-foot “Money Booter”, earned her an unbeatable score of 96.66.
'To win X Games is a dream come true.' -Kaya Turski
That run saw the 21-year-old from Montreal finish 11.66 points clear of her closest rival Keri Herman, while Eliassen settled into the bronze medal position, a scant 0.67 points behind.
“Last year didn't go well," said Turski, who lost a ski and finished third in '09. "It was a medal, but it was somewhat disappointing... This time I can't even explain what this means. I have been working for this my entire life. To win X Games is a dream come true.”
Eliassen, who took the silver medal last year, was the only female competitor to spin over the hitching post, and dropped a clean 900 over the Money Booter to secure her podium spot.
Women's Slopestyle Skiing results
1. Kaya Turski Canada 96.66 points
2. Keri Herman USA 85.00
3. Grete Eliassen USA 84.33
4. Ashley Battersby USA 83.66
5. Megan Olenick USA 79.33
6. Sarah Burke USA 64.66