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Canadian Athlete of the Weekend: Kaya Turski

Every Monday, the team picks a Canadian athlete that excelled on the international stage over the weekend. This week's award goes to world champion freestyle skier Kaya Turski.

Montreal's master of the 'Turkey Roll' golden in Norway

Kaya Turski shows off her gold medal after the women's slopestyle final on Saturday in Voss, Norway. (Hakon Mosvold Larsen/Associated Press)

Every Monday, the team picks a Canadian athlete that excelled on the international stage over the weekend. This week's award goes to freestyle skier and newly minted slopestyle world champion Kaya Turski:

When Kaya Turski needed it most, the Turkey Roll was there.

The Montreal freestyle skier said her signature trick, an off-axis jump with one-and-a-half rotations, was a key part of why she climbed to the top of the slopestyle podium in Voss, Norway, and can now call herself a world champion.

"I needed it if I was going to continue to win," Turski said. "It took me out of my comfort zone at first but all my hard work has paid off and now I can throw it out there when I need to, like today.

"And now I get to say I'm world champion out loud. I can't believe it — it's awesome."

As you can see, the 24-year-old posted a near-flawless final run of three rails and four jumps, which also netted her a provisional nomination for next year's Sochi Games:

Around the world

Check out where Canada's top athletes of the weekend were in action on our interactive map:

Honourable mentions

  • Dara Howell (Huntsville, Ont.)  took silver in the same event in which Turski won gold.
  • Sault Ste. Marie's Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden captured the Brier title in Edmonton for Northern Ontario.
  • Team Canada was eliminated by a loss to the U.S. at the World Baseball Classic but not before showing their fight (literally) against Mexico.
  • Dominique Maltais (Petite-Riviere-Saint Francois, Que.) was golden in snowboard cross, while Maelle Ricker (Squamish, B.C.) took silver.
  • Charles Hamelin, Michael Gilday, Oliver Jean and Charle Cournoyer defended their short track team pursuit world title in Debrecen, Hungary, while the women's team of Marianne St. Gelais, Valerie Maltais, Marie-Eve Drolet and Jessica Hewitt skated to silver.
  • Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, Que.) also won individual bronze, along with Marianne St. Gelais (St. Felicien, Que.), in individual 1,500m event in Debrecen.
  • Matthew Morison (Kamloops, B.C.) nabbed silver while teammate Caroline Calve (Montreal) took bronze at the snowboard World Cup in Arosa, Switzerland.
  • Ivanie Blondin (Ottawa) took silver in the mass start and Christine Nesbitt (London. Ont.) skated to bronze in the 1,500 metres at a long track speedskating World Cup event in Heerenveen, Netherlands.
  • Nesbitt added that to the gold medal she won in the final World Cup 1,000-metre race of the season on Saturday.
  • Marielle Thompson (Whistler, B.C.) won ski cross silver at the freestyle world championships in Voss, Norway.

With files from The Canadian Press