Montreal's Kaya Turski poses with X Games Gold in this file photo. (photo: CFSA)

Turski Three-peats in X Games Slopestyle as Wallisch Sets Record Score

Aspen, CO –Montreal, Canada’s Kaya Turski came from behind to win her third-straight gold medal at the X Games on Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen on Thursday, and she did it by landing a trick that no woman has ever landed in this competition.

Coming into the third run of the best-of-three final in the bronze position, Turski, was sitting in the bronze medal position. “The pressure was high, third run, last to drop, I was ready to go all in,” she said.

And she did, pulling out a perfect switch 1080 on the last jump of the two-rail, four jump course. It was the first time a woman has performed that jump in X Games history and it landed her a winning score of 95.00.

Montreal's Kaya Turski with X Games Gold on Thursday. (photo: CFSA)
Montreal's Kaya Turski with X Games Gold on Thursday. (photo: CFSA)

Turski’s run was indicative of the extent to which the women’s side of this discipline has grown over the past couple of years. She acknowledged, “I think it raises the bar and I think I’m going to have to keep doing it. This event was a tough one; everyone is skiing really, really well. I think it’s going to be some serious competition for the next few years.”

Turski added that she and the other women in Thursday’s competition had a little push from their friend Sarah Burke, who died this month from injuries sustained while training in a halfpipe in Park City, Utah. “We have someone watching from above who we need to make proud. She constantly pushed the sport, even when she didn’t need to by doing new and harder tricks. I think now it’s our turn to keep pushing for her.”

Burke was memorialized at the X Games Thursday night in a candlelight vigil at the top of a darkened Buttermilk SuperPipe.

Turski was joined on Thursday’s women’s podium by Devin Logan of Vermont in secondat 92.33 and Anna Segal of Australia who won the bronze with a score of 90.00.

In the men’s Slopestyle on Thursday, crowd favorite Tom Wallisch, of Pittsburgh, Penn., won his first X Games Gold medal under the lights. With a record-breaking score of 96 points Wallisch’s unique wall ride back 450 trick earned first place.

Wallish, who just last week won the Winter Dew Tour men’s slopestyle in Killington, Vt., held off rookie Nick Goepper of Lawrenceburg, Ind., who surprised the field and spectators alike by qualifying in the number one spot. Bobby Brown, of Breckenridge, Colo., wrapped up the men’s podium with the bronze medal.

The win continued a successful comeback season for Wallisch, who spent most of last winter on the sidelines with a broken scapula.

No Canadian men advanced to the men’s final. Canadian coach Toben Sutherland acknowledged  he was disappointed with the men’s showing on Thursday, but said he is confident that the Canadian team has the talent and depth, the men just need more competitive experience.

X Games freeskiing action continues here Saturday with the superpipe finals.

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