Kaya Turski wins fourth straight gold medal at X Games Tignes
With a score of 93.33 this afternoon, Canadian Kaya Turski earned her fourth straight gold medal at X Games Tignes. Kaya beat out Norwegian Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen who placed second—a bit of sweet redemption after Tiril topped the podium at X Games Aspen in January, spoiling Kaya’s chance of an Aspen 4-peat—and Dara Howell, who finished third today.
Turski bagged a 92.3 on her first run this afternoon, and improved to a 93.33 on her second go-round, registering the two highest scores of the day. Her winning run included a switch right 450 disaster onto the flat-down rail up top; a backside switch up; a left 5 safety; a switch right 5 Japan and a left rodeo 5. Kaya was unable to execute a clean run on her third attempt—as a result, she was forced to watch as Tiril had a chance to oust her from the top spot.
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“Sitting in a place where silver was the worst case scenario wasn’t so bad,” Turski told ESPN following the event. “It’s a great feeling to come out on top again.”
Turski added, “I’m really psyched on how this season went for me. There are lots of new girls on the scene and it’s keeping me on my toes. With the Olympics, there’s been a big push on the men’s and women’s side of the sport. I’m excited to be a part of it. Things are getting more technical and that’s what I tried to do today—less big rotations and more technical, to show the judges I have a lot of tricks in the bag.”
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2013 X Games Tignes women’s slope final results
1. Kaya Turski — 93.33
2. Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen — 90.66
3. Dara Howell — 88.33
4. Katie Louise Summerhayes — 79.0
5. Yuki Tsubota — 78.66
6. Jamie Crane-Mauzy — 70.66
7. Keri Herman — 57.33
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