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Turski recovers from debilitating headaches

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm •  Published: December 13, 2012

"I could still function, but I was sluggish," said Turski, who won her third straight gold medal in skier slopestyle at the Winter X Games last January. "It was a real hindrance."

She's not really sure how the scar tissue built up. It might have been from where her helmet constantly strikes the back of her neck.

Turski has never really had any major trauma — to her head, anyway.

She did have one memorable crash.

During the 2006 Icer Air competition at Giants baseball stadium in San Francisco, Turski was attempting a trick off a custom-made 100-foot ramp, which was lined with tons of imported snow. Only, she under-rotated and landed backward.

As she tried to recover, Turski veered into the steps on the side of the course and rolled all the way down, catching a board near the end and crashing hard.

To this day, she doesn't like to watch the footage, which garnered quite a few hits on Youtube.

"I don't need to see it. I lived it," Turski said. "That made me a more calculated skier, so I guess it wasn't all bad."

As an athlete under the Red Bull umbrella, she was introduced to spine surgeon Dr. Robert S. Bray Jr., who provides medical services to the team sponsored by the energy drink company. Bray performed surgery to free the nerve from scar tissue.

The headaches steadily began to subside.

"I've seen quite a few people about these headaches and so many people discounted it or said, 'It's just headaches,'" Turski said. "I was getting kind of desperate. I was just hoping it could be cured.

"I'm already feeling better. I'm getting back in the groove."