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Canada’s Kaya Turski, who would have been a gold medal contender in the slopestyle at next year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, announced her retirement on Tuesday due to health issues.

The 2013 slopestyle world champion, and eight times X Games gold medalist, was considered one of the sport’s pioneers and trailblazers although she never made an Olympic podium.

Turski was a hot gold medal favorite at the 2014 Sochi Games but, coming back from knee surgery, dislocated her shoulder in her first qualifying run and failed to complete the second.

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“I’ll never forget the rush in the start gate, ready to give it my all,” said Turski, in a statement from Freestyle Canada.

“I’ll certainly miss the freedom the sport allowed me, and my ski family, with whom I forged such strong bonds in pursuit of our common goals.