Words: Jeff Schmuck
It's time for another short but sweet update from the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, as over the course of the last week, just two of the final five events on the 2013/2014 AFP World Tour took place as the season approaches its end. On the docket over the weekend was the Gold-ranked Total Fight at Snowpark El Tarter in Andorra (which was a Men's Slopestyle only event) and the Silver-ranked USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, Colorado (which consisted of Men's and Women's Halfpipe and Slopestyle), so here's a look at how they shook up the AFP World Rankings…
In Men's Slopestyle, McRae Williams picked up the win for the second year in a row at Total Fight, which has allowed him to maintain his 5th place position after getting bumped down a few notches following The Dumont Cup. Just behind him was Karl Fostvedt, who stepped out from in front of the lens (as he primarily films) to take second in his first major competition of the season, which gets him on the board in 235th, while the always consistent Matt Walker continues to remain in 16th after rounding out the podium in third. Meanwhile, at the USASA Nationals, rising star Colby Stevenson's win keeps him in 28th, Aaron Milligan is up 21 spots, from 122nd to 101st, after scoring second, and Freddy Brideweser has jumped from 86th to 67th after placing third.
In Women's Slopestyle, Nadia Gonzales continued her journey up the rankings by taking the top spot at USASA Nationals to ascend from 25th to 22nd, Gina Miele's second place performance allows her to continue to hold down 103rd, and Sarah Kope taking third keeps her 106th as well.
In Men's Halfpipe, Broby Leeds remains in 16th following his victory at USASA Nationals, Colby Stevenson made it two-for-two on podium appearances by clinching second to move from 86th to 66th, and Trevor Hattabaugh is up six positions, from 47th to 41st, after nabbing the third and final step on the podium.
In Women's Halfpipe, young gun Jeanee Crane-Mauzy scored her third win of the season to maintain her 14th place position, Bri Bogumill is up 15 spots, from 65th to 50th, after placing second, and Gabrielle Ward remains in 66th after taking third.
On the Overall Rankings, aside from the general fluctuations that took place as a result of the 52-week rolling system, the only major change to report in the top 20 in the men's department is Broby Leeds jumping from 23rd to 13th, while amidst the ladies, there are no changes to report amongst the top 50.
Stay tuned for the second to last update on the AFP World Rankings next week, which will take a look at how the 10 year anniversary of the Jon Olsson Invitational in Åre, Sweden (click here for a preview of the event) and the Swiss Freeski Championships in Corvatsch Silvaplana, Switzerland shake things up just prior to the final event on the 2013/2014 AFP World Tour…the AFP World Championships during the World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler, BC.