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Interview with Freestyle Skier Kaya Turski

Updated on June 29, 2012

The Freestyle Skier

Kaya Turski. She is vying for a 2012 ESPY Award.
Kaya Turski. She is vying for a 2012 ESPY Award. | Source

Profile of Kaya Turski

Kaya Turski is not your average Canadian. I am sure of that after I interviewed her yesterday!

The 24-year-old athlete is the dominant female in ski slopestyle. She is one of only four women nominated for Best Female Sports Athlete at the 2012 ESPY Awards. The 20th annual awards ceremony celebrates excellence in sports performance over the preceding calendar year.

Why Is The Skier Nominated?

Here are a few of Turski's incredible accomplishments over the 2011/12 season:

  • First female athlete to three-peat at the 2012 Winter X Games
  • First athlete to three-peat at the European X Games in Tignes, France
  • First female athlete to land a switch 1080 in competition! (2012 Winter X Games)

Interview with Kaya Turski

In my interview with skier Kaya Turski, I ask her more about the ESPY award nomination, her career, and her ties to Canada as well. Did I mention I am a proud Canadian?

Let the questions begin!

How did you first hear that you are nominated for an ESPY award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete?

“My friend happened to tweet that she voted for me for the ESPYS and that’s how I found out! Got to love social media!”

That’s funny. What was your reaction to the news?

“I was floored! I have been dreaming of being nominated for a long time; it really is an honor to be named among some of the very women that inspire me so much who are so talented. I am really excited!”

Did You Know?

  • Kaya Turski’s hometown is Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • She has a video webisode series called “State of Mind”
  • She divides her time between travelling and Montreal

What sort of Canadian support have you received regarding your ESPY nomination?

“I think the Canadian community is really excited about having a Canadian represent for them at the ESPYS this year.”

How has Canada played a role in your athletic career over the years?

“Last July I became part of the Canadian national ski team which has been great. Everyone there has been really supportive of me and has helped me progress in my skiing and helped me become the best athlete I can be."

"I was also lucky to grow up in a place where skiing was easily accessible, I love the mountains in Canada!”

Yes, they are beautiful. What was the highlight of the 2011/12 season for you?

“I loved X-Games this year because I felt like that was the best I've ever competed. I landed the first ever switch 1080 by a woman in competition which was a really big accomplishment for me, and I three-peated X-Games gold in slopestyle.”

Those are great accomplishments! What first motivated you to pursue slopestyle skiing?

“I skied when I was little and then restarted when I was 17. I attended a ski event by D-Structure, a ski and rollerblade shop from Montreal, and instantly fell back in love with skiing."

"I worked at Subway for 9 months and saved up to move to Whistler, BC after high school to give skiing a try and started competing soon after. The rest is history!”

She Is Excited For The 2012 ESPY Nomination!

Turski, off of the ski slopes.
Turski, off of the ski slopes. | Source

How to Vote For Canada’s Own Kara Turski

Voting for the 2012 ESPY award categories went live on June 26. Please help support Kara Turski with a vote for her at the ESPYS 20th Anniversary website. Her profile is located at the bottom of the Best Female Action Sports Athlete page (click link to vote).

The 2012 ESPYS air on ESPN Wednesday, July 11 at 9pm EST. The event is held at the Nokia Theatre at LA LIVE in Los Angeles, California.

2012 Female ESPY Awards Nominees

Nominees for Best Female Action Sports Athlete.
Nominees for Best Female Action Sports Athlete. | Source


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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Bill, it was fun! I have written four or five celebrity interviews now as hubs. The others are TV stars. I have made some great connections that afforded me the opportunities. Thanks for the read and comment!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How did it happen that you got to interview her? This is great! I'd love to be able to interview someone famous and write it up. Fantastic job, Christy, and yet again, a hub I was never notified about. Dammit!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Teaches, you are quite right to point out the importance of the sponsors. Thanks for adding that detail to the hub here. You're pretty savvy too :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      She's accomplished so much for a young twenty-four year old woman. Gotta hand it to subway and twitter for their part in helping her to get where she is now. Looks like Kaya is a determined, savvy lady.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Sunshine, thanks and I'll keep you posted about the voting results! Instead of skiing, we could take time to sit with a cup of hot chocolate by the lodge fireplace :)

      @Lord, LOL I never know what you will write! Thanks for the compliment. The interview is shorter to keep readers interested, which I am pleased to see by the positive feedback is the consensus :)

      @thecrazzykylex, I hope that one day you will get the opportunity to ski!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great interview Christy! I've never tried skiing and most likely never will due to being a klutz. Way to go Kaya...I hope she wins!!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Short but informative. She can... or could've been an amazon on northern Shores. Kaya Turski the Canadian skiier that could replace any hot babe in Hollywood. Great interview!

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      Crazzy Kylex © 2012 5 years ago from Incredible India!

      I wish I could skii, but I live in a very small town of India :(