Kaya Turski, Olympic favorite in ski slopestyle, suffers third torn ACL

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The world champion in ski slopestyle said she’s scheduled to be back on the snow in November, three months after tearing an ACL in training.

Canadian Kaya Turski is considered by many the favorite to win the first Olympic ski slopestyle competition. Turski, 25, won the event at the Winter X Games in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and took silver to Norwegian Tiril Sjastad Christiansen at this year’s X Games.

But an injury while training in Mt. Hood, Ore., two weeks ago casts doubt.

“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 said in an e-mail.

Turski will now rehab a torn ACL for the third time in her career. She said she crashed exactly six months to the day before her event in Sochi, which will be Feb. 11.

She chose an operation that will tentatively schedule her to be back on the snow in November.

“I have no doubts that I’m in the best possible hands for a successful, speedy, recovery,” she said. “I’m ready to give this rehab and comeback my everything, and you’ll see me in Sochi in February.”

The medal predictor Infostrada has Turski winning gold in Sochi, ahead of Canadian teammate Dara Howell and Christiansen.

Americans Ashley Battersby and Keri Herman were fourth and fifth at the 2013 X Games. Another U.S. skier, Grete Eliassen, took bronze behind Turski and Howell at worlds in March. Yet another American, Devin Logan, won silver at the 2012 X Games and is coming back from a blown-out knee.

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