Hot on the heels on the second Platinum-ranked contest of the 2014/2015 AFP World Tour, the Dew Tour Mountain Championships, which went off with a bang this past weekend in Breckenridge, Colorado, it's time for a look at how one of the most premiere events of the season has affected the AFP World Tour Rankings.
The Dew Tour consisted of Halfpipe and Slopestyle events, each of which contained a one-run Last Chance Qualifier for those who placed 11th - 20th on the men's side of things and 6th - 13th amongst the ladies in Semi-Finals. This of course created a situation where those who competed in the Last Chance Qualifiers could have their final result at the event affected (either positively or negatively) by the score of their third and final run (which was judged separately from Semi-Finals and there was ultimately separate results for), so after extensive discussions with many of the athletes who fell within that realm, their coaches, team managers and the event organizers, in the interest of fairness and finding common ground, the AFP has opted to determine the rankings for those who competed in the Last Chance Qualifiers off of the highest score of their three runs.
Annalisa Drew (2nd), Maddie Bowman (1st), Ayana Onozuka (3rd). Photo courtesy of Dew Tour
On the Women's Halfpipe Rankings, Maddie Bowman remains at the top of the list following her win at Dew Tour (while Brita Sigourney and Marie Martinod continue to hold down 2nd and 3rd), Annalisa Drew jumps from 8th to 5th after taking second, and Ayana Onozuka remains in 4th after scoring the third and final spot on the podium. Other notable movements include Angeli VanLaanen (who opted not to compete in the event) dropping three spots, from 5th to 8th, Keltie Hansen ascending from 12th to 10th, Zyre Austin from 14th to 11th, Kimmy Sharp from 17th to 12th, and Cassie Sharpe from 20th to 17th.
David Wise (2nd), Torin Yater-Wallace (1st), Kevin Rolland (3rd). Photo courtesy of Dew Tour
On the Men's side of things, Torin Yater-Wallace's authoritative win at has allowed him to jump from 31st to 27th, while David Wise placing second has caused him to slip from 1st to 2nd (as this year's result replaces his win at last year's event), with Kevin Rolland reclaiming the lead on the Men's Halfpipe Rankings as a result of taking third (which replaces his 8th place showing last year). Meanwhile, Alex Ferreira and Gus Kenworthy are both up two spots, into 3rd and 5th, after placing 4th and 5th, respectively, and Lyman Currier is down from 4th to 7th after not competing at Dew.
Emma Dahlstrom (2nd), Keri Herman (1st), Julia Krass (3rd). Photo courtesy of Dew Tour
In Women's Slopestyle, Keri Herman has jumped from 3rd to the top spot thanks to her victory, while previous leader and Olympic gold medalist Dara Howell has dropped to 2nd after missing finals. Second place finisher Emma Dahlstrom is up eight spots, from 20th to 12th, while Julia Krass has moved from 6th to 4th after taking third. Other notable movements include Maggie Voisin bumping herself up a spot from 4th to 3rd after placing sixth, Devin Logan (who won Dew Tour last year) dropping from 2nd to 6th after taking 12th, and Canadians Nikki Blackall and Anouk Purnelle-Faniel ascending from 10th to 7th and 13th to 11th after placing seventh and fourth, respectively.
Oystein Braten (2nd), Gus Kenworthy (1st), Nick Goepper (3rd). Photo courtesy of Dew Tour
Amongst the men, there is a new leader as well, as Gus Kenworthy has overtaken the top spot thanks to his win, while the previous chart topper, Nick Goepper, has dropped two spots to 3rd after placing third, and second place finisher Oystein Braten has jumped from 15th to 12th. Beyond that, the only change to report in the top 10 is Oscar Wester jumping from 11th to 8th, and a little bit below, Alex Bellemare is up from 14th to 13th, Antti Ollila is up from 18th to 16th, Noah Morrison is up from 19th to 18th, and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand has dropped from 8th to 14th.
On the Men's Overall Rankings, Gus Kenworthy remains in the lead, with Torin Yater-Wallace leap frogging from 6th to 2nd and Simon d'Artois jumping from 5th to 3rd, which has caused Aaron Blunck and Beau-James Wells to fall from 3rd to 5th and 2nd to 6th, respectively. Elsewhere in the top 15, Oscar Wester is up a spot, from 14th to 13th, and Henrik Harlaut is up four, from 18th to 14th. On the Women's Overall Rankings, Devin Logan, Jamie Crane-Mauzy and Cassie Sharpe continue to hold down 1st, 2nd and 3rd, while Kelly Sildaru and Keri Herman are each up one spot, to 4th and 5th, respectively, and Annalisa Drew, Jeanne Crane-Mauzy and Nikki Blackall are each up two, into 6th, 8th and 9th, respectively.
That's all for now from the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, but stay tuned for another update on the AFP World Tour Rankings following this week's Silver-ranked USSA Revolution Tour at Copper Mountain, Colorado.