Words: Jeff Schmuck
It's 2014 (Happy New Year!), and with the beginning of the New Year comes a short and sweet update on the AFP World Rankings.
Since the juggernauts that were Dew Tour and Grand Prix transpired at the conclusion of 2013, only one event (which consisted of halfpipe only) has taken place, the FIS Freestyle World Cup at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, so here's a quick look at how the results affected the AFP World Rankings…
On the men's halfpipe side of things, it was a Canadian sweep of the podium, with Justin Dorey in first, which bumps him up three spots in the rankings (from 23rd to 20th) after he was forced to sit the majority of last season out due to shoulder surgery. Just below him in second was his teammate Noah Bowman, who's performance allowed him to climb two spots on the rankings ladder (from 14th to 12th), which knocks Beau-James Wells and Kyle Smaine down one notch each to 13th and 14th respectively. Meanwhile, another teammate and close friend of both Dorey and Bowman's, Matt Margetts, placed third, which allowed him to maintain his position in 11th. Aside from that, the top 10 in the Men's Halfpipe Rankings remains the same, with David Wise, Aaron Blunck and Torin Yater-Wallace continuing to hold down the top three spots.
Amongst the ladies, Rowan Cheshire claimed the top spot, which bumps her from 20th to 16th in the Women's Halfpipe Rankings (and moves Manami Mitsuboshi to 17th), while second place finisher Virginie Faivre maintains her position in 5th, as does Amy Sheehan, who after placing third in Calgary continues to hold down 18th place. Much like the men, the top 10 (and 15 for that matter) remains the same, with Maddie Bowman in first, Rosalind Groenewoud in second and Brita Sigourney in third.
On the Overall Rankings, the only major changes to report amongst the men are Yannic Lerjen moving from 44th to 35th following his fourth place finish in Calgary, while Simon d'Artois (who was just behind Lergen in fifth) jumps nine spots as well from 49th to 40th, and on the ladies' side of things, Rowan Cheshire has made a equally significant leap of 10 spots, from 37th to 27th.
Stay tuned for another update on the AFP World Rankings early next week following the second stop of the U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix in Breckenridge, Colorado.