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The Shocks, Upsets & Action from Winter X-Games 2014

The Winter X-Games delivered once more over another incredible weekend at Aspen.

Kaya Turski rail game was key in her pursuit of gold. Photo: ESPN

Following on from the guys, Kaya Turski made sure there were no surprises in the women’s slopestyle event winning her fourth Winter X-Games title. The Canadian skier had only just returned from a serious knee injury that kept her off the slopes for five months.

There was little evidence of ring rust as she nailed her winning run second time around before easing off. Like Kelly Clark in the snowboarding, Turski had to see off a young pretender, this time round it was Maggie Voisin, who finished with a silver in her first X-Games only six weeks after turning 15.

Maddie Bowman topped the field of eight competitors in the Superpipe contest to defend her gold medal. Bowman has been the model of consistency in the women’s pipe having won three of the last five Olympic qualifying events, missing the podium only once. Bowman’s success is built on her constant progression, Aspen was no different as she dropped new tricks including a silky switch 7 on her way to gold.

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