Canadian Kaya Turski was the favorite to win gold in the inaugural ski slopestyle event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but a recent injury during training puts those hopes in serious jeopardy. Turski injured her ACL for the third time and will need to undergo treatment and rehab just six months before she was set to debut in Sochi.
The 25-year-old won gold in the event at the Winter X Games in 2010, 2011 and 2012, which she followed up with a silver in this year’s games.
While it doesn’t look good, she remains hopefully and optimistic that she will be ready to go in February.
“I was working on a new trick, an unnatural switch 720, and simply got lost in the air and landed when I wasn’t ready to land,” Turski wrote in an e-mail, via NBC Sports. “I have no doubts that I’m in the best possible hands for a successful, speedy, recovery. I’m ready to give this rehab and comeback my everything, and you’ll see me in Sochi in February.”
Turski also thanked her fans for their support on Twitter:
Thanks for all the love everyone! So appreciated It went great. On the (fast-pace) road to recovery! pic.twitter.com/VFDDs9LBCm
— Kaya Turski (@kayaturski) August 27, 2013
It seems unlikely that Turski could return to 100 percent in time for the Winter Olympics, but crazier things have happened. We will have to wait and see how her recovery comes along.