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2017 AFP World Tour Champions

Jun 2, 2017

Words: Jeff Schmuck

Now that a long and snow-filled season has sadly wrapped up (despite the fact that some of us are still skiing!), as Mother Nature has opted to skip spring in favor of winter straight into summer, it’s our pleasure to proudly present to you the 2017 AFP World Tour Champions. 

Before we begin, we would like to take the time to congratulate each and every athlete who participated on this year’s AFP World Tour on another stellar competitive season of freeskiing, and to thank them for their continued support of the AFP and the sport as a whole. Without them, none of this would be possible, so from the bottom of our hearts, we greatly appreciate it. 

In addition, we would also like to formally announce that this year’s AFP Awards will once again be taking place in Breckenridge, Colorado this coming December, just prior to the beginning of Dew Tour. Stay tuned for details, a date and location, during which we will be physically crowning this year’s AFP World Tour Champions, along with second and third place in each discipline. But for now, here’s a look at who has emerged as Champions following an impressive, memorable and at times challenging season…

2017 AFP WORLD CHAMPIONS

2017 AFP WORLD TOUR MEN’S SLOPESTYLE CHAMPION – ØYSTEIN BRÅTEN

For the second year in a row, Øystein Bråten is your AFP World Tour Men’s Slopestyle Champion. Bråten secured his second championship as a result of his top three finishes, which include victories at X Games Aspen, X Games Norway, and the SFR Freestyle Tour Slopestyle Finals in La Clusaz, France, which allowed him to accumulate a total of 3,000 points, the maximum achievable amount over the course of the season. 

2017 AFP WORLD TOUR WOMEN’S SLOPESTYLE CHAMPION – KELLY SILDARU

Also for the second year in a row, Kelly Sildaru has been crowned AFP World Tour Women’s Slopestyle Champion. Like Bråten, she secured the maximum amount of available points, 3,000, via her victories at X Games Aspen, Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado, and the SFR Freestyle Tour Slopestyle Finals in La Clusaz, France. 

2017 AFP WORLD TOUR MEN’S HALFPIPE CHAMPION – AARON BLUNCK

For the first time, Aaron Blunck has become the AFP World Tour Men’s Halfpipe Champion. Blunck’s top three results include his win at X Games Aspen, third place performance at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado, and fourth place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California, which earned him a total of 2,779.66 points.

2017 AFP WORLD TOUR WOMEN’S HALFPIPE CHAMPION – MARIE MARTINOD

Also for her first time, Marie Martinod has been crowned as the AFP World Tour Women’s Halfpipe Champion. Martinod’s first championship comes via her victories at X Games Aspen, the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado, and the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California, which allowed her to max out at 3,000 points.

2017 AFP WORLD TOUR MEN’S BIG AIR CHAMPION – HENRIK HARLAUT

For the second time in four years, Henrik Harlaut is your AFP World Tour Men’s Big Air Champion. Harlaut’s top three results consist of his win at X Games Norway, second place showing at X Games Aspen, and fifth place finish at the FIS Freestyle World Cup in Myrkdalen Fjellandsby, Norway, which earned him a total of 2,563.81 accumulative points. 

2017 AFP WORLD TOUR WOMEN’S BIG AIR CHAMPION – EMMA DAHLSTRÖM

For the first time since the category was formally established as part of the rankings in 2015, Emma Dahlström is the AFP World Tour Women’s Big Air Champion. Dahlström’s victory comes via the 2,404.29 points she accumulated with her win at the FIS Freestyle World Cup in Myrkdalen Fjellandsby, Norway, fifth place finish at X Games Norway, and sixth place showing at X Games Aspen. 

2017 AFP WORLD TOUR MEN’S OVERALL CHAMPION - GUS KENWORTHY

In what has become a common occurrence, Gus Kenworthy is once again the AFP World Tour Men’s Overall Champion. Kenworthy secured his stunning seventh championship in a row with 4,953.31 points via his top two Slopestyle results, top two Halfpipe results, top Big Air result, and next highest result in any discipline, which consists of his third place performance at Freeski World Cup Corvatsch and seventh place showing at X Games Norway in Slopestyle, his second place showing at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California and tenth place performance at X Games Aspen in Halfpipe, his ninth place performance at X Games Norway in Big Air, and his tenth place performance in Slopestyle at X Games Aspen as his next highest result. 

2017 AFP WORLD TOUR WOMEN’S OVERALL CHAMPION - DEVIN LOGAN

For the sixth year in a row, Devin Logan is the AFP World Tour Women’s Overall Champion. Logan secured 4,892.59 points with her top three Slopestyle results, top three Halfpipe results, and next highest result in any discipline, which consists of her third place performance at X Games Norway, fourth place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California, and fifth place finish at Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado in Slopestyle, her third place performance at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado, fourth place finish at X Games Aspen, and 30th place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California in Halfpipe, and her seventh place showing in Slopestyle at X Games Aspen as her next highest result.

2017 AFP JUNIOR CHAMPIONS

2017 AFP WORLD TOUR JUNIOR SLOPESTYLE CHAMPIONS - ALEX HALL & KELLY SILDARU

On the Junior side of things, Alex Hall has brought home his first championship with 2,654.66 points as the AFP World Tour Men's Junior Slopestyle Champion, thanks to his win at Total Fight at Grandvalira, Andorra, third place performance at the SFR Freestyle Tour Slopestyle Finals in La Clusaz, France, and fourth place finish at the SFR Freestyle Tour in Font Romeu, France. Meanwhile, for the ladies, Kelly Sildaru has become the AFP World Tour Women's Junior Slopestyle Champion for the second year in a row due to her aforementioned top three Slopestyle results, which accumulated her 3,000 points.

2017 AFP WORLD TOUR JUNIOR HALFPIPE CHAMPIONS - BIRK IRVING & MADISON ROWLANDS

Also for the second year in a row, Birk Irving has secured the AFP World Tour Men's Junior Halfpipe Champion title, with 2,533.80 points, thanks to his fourth place finish at X Games Aspen, fifth place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado, and seventh place showing at the SFR Freestyle Tour Halfpipe Finals in Tignes, France, while Madison Rowlands is your AFP World Tour Women's Junior Halfpipe Champion as a result of her sixth place showing at the U.S. Revolution Tour at Copper Mountain, Colorado, 11th place performance at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado, and 13th place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California, which earned her a total of 1,948.47 points. 

2017 AFP WORLD TOUR JUNIOR BIG AIR CHAMPIONS - BIRK RUUD & KELLY SILDARU

Birk Ruud’s breakout season has earned him 2,308.46 points and the title of AFP World Tour Men's Junior Big Air Champion, due to his first place finish at the FIS Freestyle World Cup in Myrkdalen Fjellandsby, Norway, second place showing at One Hit Wonder in Thredbo, Australia, and fifth place finish at X Games Norway, while Kelly Sildaru has been crowned as the AFP World Tour Women's Junior Big Air Champion for her first time, thanks to the 1,890.37 points she secured via her second place showings at X Games Aspen and X Games Norway. 

2017 AFP WORLD TOUR JUNIOR OVERALL CHAMPIONS - BIRK IRVING & KELLY SILDARU

And last but certainly not least, your AFP World Tour Men's Junior Overall Champion is Birk Irving, who’s top two Slopestyle results, top two Halfpipe results and next highest result in any discipline counted towards the 3,680.45 points he accumulated for his win, which includes his sixth place showing at the FIS NorAm Cup at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta and 11th place performance at the Aspen Snowmass Open in Slopestyle, his fourth place finish at X Games Aspen and fifth place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado in Halfpipe, and his seventh place showing in Halfpipe at the SFR Freestyle Tour Halfpipe Finals in Tignes, France as his next highest result. On the ladies’ side of things, Kelly Sildaru scored 3,945 points to secure her staggering fourth title of the season as the AFP World Tour Women's Junior Overall Champion, as a result of five victories: X Games Aspen and Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado in Slopestyle, Cardrona Games and the Swiss Freeski Open in Crans Montana, Switzerland in Halfpipe, and in Slopestyle at the SFR Freestyle Slopestyle Finals Tour in La Clusaz, France as her next highest result. 

On behalf of everyone at the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, congratulations to the 2017 AFP World Tour Champions and everyone who competed on this year’s AFP World Tour, and we look forward to celebrating with as many of you as possible at the AFP Awards this December. Until then, be sure to stay tuned for more news and updates from the AFP, and we hope you all have a great summer!

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