Most Dominant: Kaya Turski
Turski at Home
Kaya Turski has won four X Games gold medals in Aspen and four golds in Tignes, France, in women's ski slopestyle, more than any other competitor in the discipline's history. We recently visited Turski, a native of Montreal, at her home in Santa Monica, California, where she's studying sports psychology and preparing for another winter season.
With the hectic schedule of an athlete's life on the road, Turski appreciates her time at home to relax, practice yoga, and find a break from the chaos. "It's nice to be in one place," she says. "I want to lay low. It feels good to settle down. I've been longing for it."
When she's not winning slopestyle contests around the world, Turski loves doing arts and crafts at home. She handmade the dream catchers that surround her house, as well as the 77 paper cranes that hang in a window. "The amount of do-it-yourself home crafts is insane and so inspiring," she says.
More to Come
Turski painted a saying on the wall above a doorway in her house that reads, "This is just the beginning." Even though Turski has already had so much success in her life -- a trip to the Winter Olympics, eight X Games gold medals -- it's true, there is still so much more to come.
Turski is taking a photography class and she says she's obsessed with the art form. She takes Polaroid photos of the people who are meaningful in her life and puts the images into these big frames (which, of course, she sanded and repainted herself) that hang prominently in her house.
Stop and Breathe
Taking a moment to appreciate the little things, Turski stops in the small garden in her backyard in California. Turski has said that in high-pressure situations, like standing at the top of the X Games course, she takes a moment. "There's so much stuff that's running around in your head," she says. "Just breathing brings you back to right now."
The Fast Track
She has been a dominant force in women's freeskiing since her first X Games gold in 2010, and she has pushed her sport to new levels, becoming one of the first to land tricks like the 900 and the 1080 in competition. Speaking about the rise of women's freeskiing, Turski says: "I definitely feel like the sport's on a fast track. I've never seen the level so high."
On a Roll
The name of Turski's red scooter? Cheri, which has two meanings in French, a language Turski speaks fluently: dear, and love. It also sounds like cherry, the color of her favorite ride around town.
In her Head
Turski has dealt with a lot of physical and mental hurdles in her career, including repeated knee injuries. She has relied on help from a sports psychologist, part of what has inspired her to study sports psychology. "You're battling a lot of pressure from yourself," she says. "Dealing with that pressure, the fear of reinjury, timelines, deadlines -- it's quite a bit to wrap your head around."
There's no sitting around for the most dominant woman in slopestyle skiing. Turski grabs her skateboard and heads out. She's got places to be.