I am still getting to know this gal… but so far what I do know is she is one determined.. focused…fun loving chick!! I follow her on the ole Instagram… & you can tell she likes to have fun… get healthy & spin through the air!!
She is one of our very own Canadians.. & she will be competing in Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games! I am beyond excited to watch her through these times.
She has faced a pretty big challenge leading up to her training for the Olympics. She tore her ACL for the 3rd time just 6 months prior to Sochi! Talk about throwing a wrench into things. But with her positive attitude, her support team & her drive to be competing at the 2014 Olympics, for the first year of the Slope Style Skiing… she is well on route to being healed up & ready to rock!!
Kaya really caught my interest when I learned the route on how she became a pro skier…
Kaya started skiing late 2005/2006 when she was 17 years old… & she turned Pro in 2007 at 18 years old. I loved this fact about her. It proves that you don’t necessarily have to start out as a small children to become a professional… & that if you have the drive, the determination & the attitude to LOVE what you do & pursue it.. you can succeed!!
I’m definitely not saying 17 or 18 years is old… I’m just saying no matter what it can be done!! If YOU choose to~!
Then from 2007 on she has been climbing the ranks & pushing the limits in women’s slopestyle skiing. For example she was the FIRST woman to land a switch 1080, & she has also won 6 consecutive X-games Gold Medals. So as you can see Kaya is a force to be reckoned with!
Here is her 1080 on video (@ 58sec)… Click the Link below:
From the first time I seen this girl rip on a Matchsticks Production Ski Film I was hooked! She has such a free spirited presence to her.. & her style is so smooth! She charges some massive lines.. & drops some pretty rad cliffs too! The passion that she has for the sport & life in general just drives me to want to ski better.. to try new things… or even just to go for a hike in the backyard & appreciate & soak up all that is around you. You can see it in her eyes that she is determined to live her life to the fullest! I suggest you follow her on Instagram… Her pictures show you the world through her eyes… & she has some pretty unreal shots.
When you don’t see her on the slopes… you can guess she is either mountain biking down some trails… or hanging off the side of a rock… or calming her spirit through yoga.
Last year her & a few other leading ladies in the ski world decided to put together S.A.F.E A.S. (Skiers Advocating and Fostering Education for Avalanche and Snow Safety) Clinics for women! Not only do they teach you the reality & risks of the Mountains & how to stay safe… but they also give you a YOGA class with Sherry McConkey, & an afternoon full of skiing followed by some great prizes!! I suggest looking into this. I was dying to go to this clinic this year… I got in contact with Michelle Parker about it (reason 153 why I think she is so down to earth as she has taken the time to respond to my messages & fill me full of tips & facts regarding this clinic among other things). For all you skiers out there… I cannot stress enough the importance of Mountain Safety.. so please educate yourself before heading out into the back country. Click on the link below to see if they are coming to a resort near you… It may be booked up this year.. but at least you will be aware of it & can get a head start on the 2014 year.
Seeing this gal can’t get enough of the snow & winter…. she is teamed up with SASS Global Travel where she works as a ski coach for a month of the summer in Argentina! (talk about living the life eh..!?) If you are interested or have the chance.. I suggest you check this out & join Michelle & her team there next year!
Michelle also works hard for others & raises awareness from climate change to helmet protection.
She has been faced with many challenges… from multiple knee surgeries.. to helping heal close friends… to losing great friends who continue to inspire her. All of this has made Michelle who she is today… a strong, beautiful soul ready for whatever adventure strikes her next! This is where she inspires me… she works hard.. she pushes through & all in having a great Smile spread across her face & embracing all life has to offer her!