Kaya Turski began her sporting career as a world-class in-line skater. But on a whim, she decided to try a ski session with some friends, and has been hooked ever since. Skiing for just a mere six years, Kaya’s determination and passion has seen her rapidly rise to the top of her sport.
Despite being sidelined for two seasons due to internal injuries, Kaya has quickly become the “it” girl in the ski scene. During the 2009-10 season, she brought home a gold at her second ever Winter X Games, as well as a gold medal from her first ever European X Games competition. She went on to take two more gold medals at both X Games during the 2010-11 season, but it was her 2011-12 season that she became a professional podium finisher, competing at five major events and achieving five wins.
Her success in competition has seen Kaya honoured as Female Athlete of the X Games, a Dew Cup for overall Dew Tour Ski Slopestyle performance, and an AFP world ranking of number one for four consecutive seasons.
But it’s not all about success in competition – Kaya has brought a new style to the slopes and jumps, and helps out with grassroots coaching at local events and camps. She hopes that her achievements on the slope will encourage more girls into her sport – her ultimate gift to skiing.