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Kaya Turski, Devin Logan should stand out in women’s slopestyle

Kaya Turski, Devin Logan, and Dara Howell at the 2014 Visa Freeskiing Grand Prix in Park City, Utah. Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing
L to R: Kaya Turski, Devin Logan, and Dara Howell at the 2014 Visa Freeskiing Grand Prix in Park City, Utah; Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing

In women's slopestyle, as in a lot of the inaugural Olympic freeskiing events, Canada and the United States have strong teams and the best shot at the podium. Here's who to watch for.

Kaya Turski
Kaya Turski, left, shown here with her teammate and fellow slopestyle competitor Kim Lamarre, may have a medal in her future. Photo via Kaya Turski’s Instagram

Kaya Turski, CAN
Turski is a perpetual threat. The 25-year-old Canadian has been dominant in slope since the sport started, and she's a five-time X Games gold medalist. The only thing that could potentially keep her off the top of the podium is her knee: She's coming off a knee injury and is just five months out from surgery. That didn't stop her from winning this year's X Games, though—one of her first competitions back—and she says her knee is feeling strong going in to Sochi.

Devin Logan, USA
American Devin Logan, who was close to qualifying for the U.S. Team in halfpipe as well as slopestyle, is likely the nation’s top medal contender. She won the slopestyle event at this year's Dew Tour and the Park City, Utah, stop of the Grand Prix, and she's known for her deep bag of tricks. Her experience as an Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) judge doesn’t hurt her chances either.

Keri Herman, USA
Herman, who at 31 is one of the oldest freeskiers in the Games, is just as competitive as Logan. She is a four-time X Games silver medalist, but after a few years of not competing as well as she'd like, Herman has had a really successful season. She won the Copper Mountain, Colorado, World Cup stop in December and the Breckenridge, Colorado, Grand Prix in January, so she's coming into Sochi skiing strong.

Dara Howell, CAN
Howell, Turski's Canadian teammate, is at the top of the AFP rankings right now, and she's done well in Grand Prix events all season. She's not as dominant as Turski, but she's definitely still a threat.

Emma Dahlström
Emma Dahlström is Sweden’s only female ski slopestyle competitor. Photo via Emma Dahlström’s Instagram

Other Contenders
Sweden's Emma Dahlström and Australia's Anna Segal are also skiers to watch. Germany's Lisa Zimmerman, the first woman to land a double cork 1260 in competition, could be competitive too.

The biggest disappointment from the U.S. Team was Maggie Voisin's injury. The 15-year-old Montana-based skier, the youngest American at the Sochi Games, fell during a training run and broke her fibula, putting her out of commission. Luckily, she'll be only 19 at the next Games, in South Korea.

Women’s ski slopestyle qualifications begin at 10 a.m Tuesday, Sochi time, followed at 1 p.m. by the final. NBCOlympics.com provides viewing details.

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