Words: Jeff Schmuck
Hello again from the Assocation of Freeskiing Professionals with a somewhat short but incredibly important update on the AFP World Rankings.
Some major slopestyle-only events took place over the course of the last week, with some serious implications as the 2013/2014 AFP World Tour begins to draw to a close. On the docket over the weekend were four high-level competitions, including the Platinum-ranked Dumont Cup in Sunday River, Maine, the Gold-ranked European Open in Laax, Switzerland, the Silver-ranked Dew Tour Am Series at Sun Peaks in Kamloops, BC, and the Bronze-ranked Showdown Throwdown Hoedown at Silverstar in Vernon, BC. Here's a look at how they shook up the rankings…
Bobby Brown (3rd), Gus Kenworthy (1st), Nick Goepper (2nd) at the Dumont Cup.
In Men's Slopestyle, Olympic silver medalist and three-time AFP Overall World Champion Gus Kenworthy took top honours, with Olympic bronze medalist and two-time X Games Aspen Slopestyle gold medalist Nick Goepper just behind him in second, and the incredibly talented Bobby Brown in third, which allows the three of them to maintain their 1st, 2nd and 3rd place positions on the leader board, respectively. At the resurrected European Open, Jesper Tjader continued his hot streak by picking up yet another win (hot on the heels of his victory at last week's FIS World Cup in Switzerland, which also secured him the FIS Crystal Globe), which helps him leap frog up another two spots on the rankings, from 11th to 9th, while second place finisher Oystein Braten is up one spot, from 18th to 17th, and Kai Mahler makes a massive ascent of 41 spots, from 101st to 60th, after rounding out the podium in third. North of the 49th Parallel, Max Moffat claimed victory at the Dew Tour Am Series, thus continuing his steady climb up the rankings from 119th to 77th, Mark Hendrickson jumps six spots, from 54th to 48th, after scoring second, and Austin Karker moves four spots up the ladder, from 132nd to 128th, after placing third. Meanwhile, just down the road from Sun Peaks at Silver Star, Thomas Pool is now on the board in 354th after his win at the Showdown Throwdown Hoedown, with Teal Harle maintaining his place in 90th thanks to his second place performance, and the always consistent Dylan Marineau moves to 144th after skiing his way to third.
Emma Whitman (3rd), Anouk Purnelle-Faniel (1st), Cassie Sharpe (2nd) at the Dew Tour Am Series.
Amongst the ladies, Johanne Killi's victory at the European Open moves her 34 spots up, from 96th to 62nd, Sabrina Cakmakli's second place finish helps her continue to ascend, from 55th to 40th, and Camillia Berra cracks the top 20 by jumping from 23rd to 17th after nabbing the third and final step on the podium. At the Dew Tour Am Series, Anouk Purnelle-Faniel secured her second win of the season to move from 27th to 23rd, Cassie Sharpe continued her podium streak in second and jumps 15 spots, from 65th to 50th, and Emma Whitman drops just one spot to 21st after ending up in third. And last but not least, at the Showdown Throwdown Hoedown, Elena Gaskell is up 14 positions, from 85th to 71st, thanks to her win, Janelle Yip took second, which allows her to jump 17 spots up, from 92nd to 75th, and Sofia Tchernetsky gains 12 notches, from 84th to 72nd, after finishing third.
On the Men's Overall Rankings, the only significant changes to report in the top 20 are Joss Christensen moving from 9th to 8th, Elias Ambuhl gaining three spots, from 18th to 15th, Riley Culver jumping from 19th to 17th, and Evan McEachran breaking into the top 20 by leaping from 22nd to 19th. In the women's department, last week's events had some serious ripple effects, as Cassie Sharpe is up from 7th to 4th, Sabrina Cakmakli has moved from 9th to 5th, and Rachael Anderson has continued her climb from 12th to 11th.
That's all for now from the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, but be sure to stay tuned for yet another update next week following the conclusion of this weekend's Total Fight at Snowpark El Tarter in Andorra and USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, Colorado.