Kaya Turski crowned World Slopestyle Champion!
This past weekend the world’s best slopestyle and halfpipe skiers met in Voss, Norway for the Freeskiing World Championships. The FIS sanctioned and Olympic qualification event brought the world’s best and only those qualified in each discipline. In the halfpipe, HEAD riders Aaron Blunck and Simon Dumont represented the USA in a fierce competition under the lights. After run one Aaron was in 5th, but a massive crash in his second run opened the door to others and ended up in 6th. Simon Dumont skied valiantly with the highest amplitude to start, but struggled in linking his tricks as smoothly as anticipated. Conditions were tough but a solid performance from them both. Aaron sits in fourth overall in the world rankings after the event.
In the slopestyle, Kaya Turski, Jesper Tjader, Zhach Pham, and PK Hunder representing Canada, Sweden, Great Britian, and Norway respectively. They all performed at the highest level and after the qualification PK stood in third going into the finals, although some difficulty in the final heat dropped him to comfortably sit in the top ten, but to highlight his tricks from the qualification, as stated by the event announcer, “PK is the most talented and smooth jumper in the game.” Jesper Tjader threw tricks that made people gasp, yet the jumps have him some difficulty with wind and timing. Zhach seemingly danced over sections of the course, but scoring did not go his way on this day.
On the women’s side, Kaya Turski held tough against the rest of the world with some off axis spins and a rail performance that only the professional X Games Rollerblade athletes could achieve. Shi skied her way onto the top of the podium as the World Slopestyle Champion as was granted an Olympic position for 2014.
A solid performance from all the athletes involved and now they are all poised and ready for X Games in Tignes, France as well as other spring activities.