About Kaya

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Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Kaya Turski learned to ski at a very young age. Early on, it was very clear that Kaya was drawn to the “extreme” aspects of sport. At 29 years old, she is now a seasoned ski slopestyle competitor, and having competed at innumerable major events worldwide, including the 2013 World Championships, the Winter X-Games and the Winter Dew Tour, at all of which she claimed the top spot; she is considered to be one of the best female slopestyle skiers in the world. With 8 gold medals at the elite Winter X- Games sporting event, she is currently the athlete with the most X- Games gold medals in the history of the sport.

Kaya spends much of her time training for her skiing with various cross- training activities, including strength and balance training in the gym, trampolining, yoga, and slack lining, all of which play a major role in her prep to withstand the physical demands of her sport.

Aside from Sport, Kaya in interested in and pursues many endeavors. She is a creative soul at heart, and love to work on different crafts such as silversmithing, woodworking, and photography. Also a nature lover at heart, she spends a lot of time by the water or exploring the woods. As the mental aspect of sport sparks Kaya’s curiosity, she studies psychology at University of British Columbia to later potentially specialize in sports psychology. As well, Kaya is very passionate about writing and speaking about her experiences, sharing what she has learned from over two decades in sport.