Words: Jeff Schmuck
As the 2014 competitive season rolls right along following the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, it's time for a look at the progress of those athletes who are continuing to soldier on till the bitter end of winter via an update on the AFP World Rankings. Over the course of the last week, three events took place, including the second stop of the U.S. Revolution Tour at Mammoth Mountain, California (which was a Bronze ranked event and ended up consisting of Women's Slopestyle only due to bad weather forcing the cancelation of the Men's competition), the Frostgun Invitational in Val d'Isere (which was one of the four Platinum ranked Big Air contests of the season) and the Norwegian Open Big Air (which was a Silver ranked event and is not to be confused with the event of the same name that took place a few weeks ago).
Melanie Harding (2nd), Kathrine Alexander (1st), Hailey Cecie (3rd)
In Women's Slopestyle, Kathrine Alexander picked up the win at the U.S. Rev Tour, which allows her to maintain her position in 103rd, while Melanie Harding is up 19 spots, from 74th to 55th, after placing second, and Hailey Cecie rounded out the podium in third, which keeps her in 115th.
Vincent Gagnier (2nd), Jesper Tjader (1st), PK Hunder (3rd)
In Big Air, Jesper Tjader's victory at the Frostgun Invitational bumps him from 17th to 5th, Vincent Gagnier's impressive second place performance allows him to overtake the #1 spot from Luca Tribondeau, PK Hunder placing third moves him from 12th to 6th, Kai Mahler jumps from 16th to 8th after taking fourth, and Fabian Bosch makes a massive ascent of 87 spots, from 110th to 23rd, thanks to placing fifth. Meanwhile, at the Norwegian Open, Jens Johnsen's victory gives him a big bump, from 109th to 35th, Adrien Krohn Toien stays in 95th after placing second, and Christian Nummedal makes a significant leap as well, from 114th to 38th, after scoring third.
And in the Men's Overall Rankings, the only significant news to report is Jesper Tjader moving from 15th to 12th and Vincent Gagnier continuing to hold down 8th, while amongst the ladies, Jeanee Crane-Mauzy maintains her position in 6th after placing fifth at the U.S. Rev Tour.
That's all for now as it pertains to the AFP World Rankings, but stay tuned for another update in the next few days, which will take a look at how the third stops of the SFR Tour and U.S. Rev Tour affect the rankings.