Words: Jeff Schmuck
It's time for another short but sweet update on the AFP World Rankings, as while the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are currently in full swing (and as an obvious result, many of freeskiing's top competitors are in attendance there), one event on the AFP World Tour took place over the course of the last week, the first stop of the US Revolution Tour at Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, which was a Bronze-level Halfpipe and Slopestyle event. Here's a look at how it affected the rankings…
In Men's Halfpipe, Vail, Colorado's Jake Cummings is now in 38th due to his victory at the US Rev Tour, while Birk Irving's second place performance has allowed him to maintain 81st, and Cal Carson's third place finished has gotten him on the board in 157th.
In Women's Halfpipe, Jamie Crane-Mauzy (who while being more well-known for her slopestyle prowess regularly crushes it in halfpipe) picked up her first win of the year, which allows her to continue to hold down 15th, while Park City, Utah's Isabel Atkin's remains in 35th after taking second, and Simone Augspurgei has jumped 10 spots, from 71st to 61st, after placing third.
On the Men's Slopestyle front, Scott Nelson claimed victory, which has allowed him to ascend a whopping 60 spots on the rankings, from 158th to 98th, while Keegan Kilbridge's second place finish has bumped him up significantly as well, from 304th to 221st, and Ethan Swadburg taking third has catapulted him 46 spots up the rankings, from 139th to 93rd.
On the ladies' side of things, Isabel Atkin pulled double duty by winning slopestyle after placing second in pipe, which has allowed her to jump up one spot, from 20th to 19th, Anna Tedesco taking second has moved her from 66th to 62nd, and Melanie Harding rounding out the podium in third has moved her two spots down, from 87th to 85th.
On the Men's Overall Rankings, there are no earth shattering changes to report as a result of the US Rev Tour results, however it's worth noting that Jamie Crane-Mauzy and Isabel Atkin's performances have allowed them to maintain their 2nd and 5th place positions respectively.
Stay tuned for another update on the AFP World Rankings, as the Scandinavians are set to take center stage in this coming weekend's Finnish and Norwegian Opens, which will be followed up by one of the most iconic open events of the season, the Aspen/Snowmass Open.