Canadian Kaya Turski is, simply put, the most dominant woman to ever compete in the sport of ski slopestyle. Since she hung up her inline skates for a pair of twin tip skis at age 16 and moved to Whistler from her native Montreal to pursue a career in freeskiing, she’s been at the top of nearly every contest she’s entered.
She’s won countless X Games gold medals, claimed victory at many Dew Tour contests, and she’s been crowned overall AFP World Champion—named for the world’s most consistent women’s slopestyle competitor over a season’s worth of contests—for at least five years in a row.
When she’s not winning contests, she’s working out at Red Bull headquarters and practicing new tricks. Her hard work has paid off in progression: In 2011, she became the first woman to land a switch 1080 in a slopestyle contest and she’s constantly pushing the limit of what’s thought possible.
But success, in her mind, is not all about gold medals and flashy tricks. “I work hard on not getting sidetracked too much and keeping that love for what I do," says Kaya. "I think that's the ultimate sign of success—that you enjoy what you’re doing and you’re proud of what you’re doing.Read more