Words: Jeff Schmuck
The 2013/2014 competition season is now in full swing in the freeski world, as the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships, one of the biggest events of the year and the first Platinum-level event on the AFP World Tour went down this past weekend in Breckenridge, Colorado.
As expected, the athletes' impressive performances at the event shook up the AFP World Rankings, so here's a look at what went down and where those who prevailed stand…
In Men's Halfpipe, David Wise is still sitting comfortably atop the rankings thanks to his first place finish at Dew Tour, while Aaron Blunck's second place performance has allowed him to move up a spot to 3rd on the Halfpipe Rankings, bumping Mike Riddle down to 4th. Lyman Currier on the other hand has scored himself a huge jump in the rankings, moving from 36th to 20th following his third place performance at Dew Tour. Also making the leap was fourth place finisher Beau-James Wells, who moved from 16th to 11th.
On the ladies side of things, Maddie Bowman's win at Dew Tour keeps her at the top of the Halfpipe Rankings in 1st, while Angeli VanLaanen has been bumped up a spot from 9th to 8th after placing second. Brita Sigourney on the other hand has fallen from 12th to 14th, as while she took third at Dew Tour, due to the 52-week rolling system, that result replaces her victory at Dew Tour last year, which bumps her down a tad.
In Men's Slopestyle, Nick Goepper is still on top of the rankings following his win at Dew Tour, while Alex Beaulieau-Marchand (aka ABM) has jumped three spots (from 7th to 4th) after his exceptional second place performance in Breck. Much like Brita, Russ Henshaw's third place finish at Dew Tour versus his victory last year bumps him down to 3rd from 2nd, while James 'Woodsy' Woods has moved up a spot and overtaken the 2nd place position.
On the Women's Slopestyle side of things, Devin Logan continues her quick climb back up the AFP Rankings following her injury last year by sitting in 25th following her win at Dew Tour, as does Kim Lamarre, who's second place performance has put her back on the board in 48th after being forced to sit last winter out due to injury. And lastly, Maggie Voisin has jumped up a spot (from 6th to 5th) after rounding out the podium in Breck.
On the Overall Rankings, other than Lyman Currier and Beau-James Wells swapping placings (Lyman is now in 4th and Beau is now in 5th) along with James Woods and Henrik Harlaut (with Woodsy now in 8th and E-Dollo in 9th), there are no major changes to report on the men's side of things. On the women's front however, Devin Logan has jumped from 5th to 2nd, and is hot on the heels of the current leader Jamie Crane-Mauzy.
Stay tuned to afpworldtour.com for more updates on the AFP World Rankings, which will surely be affected once again following this weekend's Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado.