Canada's Turski nabs World Cup slopestyle gold
Canucks win 4 medals in event
Montreal's Kaya Turski won gold in women's ski slopestyle as Canada took home four medals Sunday at a World Cup event in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Alex Bellemare of St. Boniface, Que., took silver in men's slopestyle while Calgary natives Rosalind Groenewoud and Noah Bowman each won silver in women's and men's halfpipe, respectively.
Turski, who has won gold in every event she's entered this season, scored 93.2 to finished well ahead of runner-up American Devin Logan (87.6). Emma Wint of the U.S. was third at 83.4.
"I'm feeling great, I'm rolling with some great momentum at the moment," said Turski, who has wins at the X Games and two Dew Tour events so far.
Extreme wind forced the final to be delayed a day, and Turski, who has spent the last three winters living in the area, said she had a mental advantage.
"It was great to stay in my own place and sleep in my own bed," she said. "But still, it was a tough week with everything getting postponed. I'm really happy and really excited with my runs."
Bellemare meanwhile earned silver with 89.2 points for his best finish at a major event in the men's slopestyle. He was sandwiched by Americans Tom Wallisch and Joss Christiansen who scored 96.4 and 87.2, respectively.
"It feels awesome, I haven't felt this good in while," said Bellemare. "It all happened on the rails for me today. I was pretty creative, with a high difficulty and a super clean solid run."
"I'm from Quebec," he explained, "so I love rails because we have no jumps to practice on there."
In the women's halfpipe, X Games champ Groenewoud scored 87.0 was flanked by Americans Brita Sigourney who scored 90.8 and Maddie Bowman at 84.6.
Groenewoud said the weather, which was 15 C during the event, made everything difficult.
"It is extraordinarily hot out, which is not my forte — I'm a child of the winter so it was a big challenge," she said. "I'm melting wearing a tank top and a jacket."
On the men's side Bowman proved his X Games silver medal last month was no fluke when he scored 92.0 to take second behind American David Wise, who scored 94.4. Valentin Benoit from France rounded out the men's podium at 90.0.
Bowman said he feels that he's starting to figure out his mental game. He performed his signature 'alley-oop dub nine' but neglected to use another something special he had up his sleeve.
"I had something else I wanted to try but I didn't end up doing it because I didn't feel confident going into the hit," he said. "I guess I thought it was better to keep it safe than to try something dangerous."