Turski's 4-Peat and Carlson's "Real Ski' Win Highlight Great Week at Euro X for Oakley Skiers
A blizzard swept through Tignes, France on the first day of competition at Euro X Games, and what followed was a flurry of world-class competition. Three days of action in the Superpipe, on the Slopestyle course and on the Internet resulted in five medals for Oakley skiers, and 11 overall for Oakley athletes.
While there were plenty of great stories throughout the week, the achievement by Kaya Turski stood out from the rest. For the fourth consecutive year in Tignes, Turski was untouchable in Slopestyle, winning another Gold for the first four-peat in Euro X history. The win was a bit of redemption for Turski, who had to settle for Silver in Aspen in January.
“I’m so excited to four-peat at X Games," Turski said. “I’m feeling great about ending my competitive season on this note. There’s a lot of young talent coming up and keeping me on my toes, and it’s amazing to be pushed by them. I’m looking forward to some great skiing in the future with these ladies.”
Turski was joined on the podium by fellow Canadian Dara Howell, who won her first X Games medal, earning the Bronze.
With the way things were looking leading up to the start of the men’s Slopestyle, it didn’t seem that Jossi Wells would even have a chance to compete. The first alternate, it wasn’t until a last-minute drop that Wells got to pull on a bib and perform. And perform he did! The Kiwi was the top qualifier out of the Elimination round, and then narrowly missed out on the Gold, having to settle for Silver.
“Today was amazing,” said Wells, on Day 2 after making the podium. “I’ve had a rough time landing my slope runs for a while and it all came together for me here in Tignes. I felt good on my skis and had a blast every run I took through the course. Couldn’t be more hyped to be back on the podium.”
The final two medals won by Oakley skiers were the result of some work in the backcountry. Sammy Carlson and Sean Pettit were both invited to put together 90-second clips for the first-ever “Real Ski.” At the end of voting, Carlson and Pettit were awarded the Gold and Silver medal, respectively, in the Judge’s Vote.
“Sooooooo stoooooked!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to everyone and X Games for the opportunity and big shout out to all the Real Ski Athletes! ONE LOVE!!,” Carlson posted on Twitter.
Though the storm and another Euro X Games has come and gone, the flurry of action and historic happenings was a fitting bookend to a phenomenal season of competition.