Breckenridge, Colorado – Slopestyle skier Kaya Turski (Montreal, QC) injured her arm during a training session in Breckenridge, Colorado, ahead of the Dew Tour. The 27-year old had re-joined the team after regaining her physical health from injuries sustained before and after the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, and was hoping to ease back into competition alongside other Canadian athletes at the Winter Dew Tour.
Turski was diagnosed with a broken forearm requiring surgery. Dr. Erik Dorf of Vail Summit Orthopaedics, an upper extremity specialist and US Ski Team physician, performed Turski’s surgery Monday evening at Summit Medical Center, in Frisco, Colorado.
”Kaya had an open fracture to her left forearm, and a fracture of her left long finger. We stabilized both of these fractures with plates and screws. Her surgery went very well, and in the long term I expect a complete recovery. With regard to shorter term goals, I am optimistic about Kaya’s return to training and competition this season, the exact timing of this will of course depend upon her healing and rehabilitation.”
Turski’s goal remains to be ready to compete this season with a longer term goal of representing Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“I’m feeling very optimistic about my recovery,” said Turski. “I was operated on by a great doctor who assured me I’d feel as good as new in no time. I’ve been through minor and major injuries, and at the end of the day, this is just an arm. The doctor’s given me very optimistic timelines, and I’m looking forward to getting back on snow in early 2016 and competing with my teammates. My ultimate goal, as always, is to prepare myself for the next Winter Olympic.”