It’s been a busy week on the 2016 AFP World Tour, highlighted by the most prestigious event of the season, the Platinum-Level X Games in Aspen, Colorado (which consisted of Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Big Air), alongside the third stop of the Silver-Level U.S. Revolution Tour at Mammoth Mountain, California (Slopestyle & Halfpipe) and the Bronze-Level Bjorn Thorsen Memorial in Park City, Utah (Slopestyle, & Halfpipe). These events (X Games in particular) have understandably made a significant impact on the AFP World Tour Rankings, so here’s a look at how they’ve been altered…
X Games Men's Slopestyle Podium: Gus Kenworthy (2nd), Jossi Wells (1st), Oystein Braten (3rd). Photo by Gabriel Christus / ESPN Images
In Men’s Slopestyle, to everyone’s delight, Jossi Wells brought home his first X Games gold medal after 10 years of competing in the event, which has propelled him from 6th to 4th. In second was Gus Kenworthy (who had a stellar week in Aspen), which has moved him six spots up, from 9th to 3rd, while Oystein Braten rounded out the podium in third to end up in 6th. At the Rev Tour, Alex Hall’s victory keeps him in 29th, Ethan Swadburg is up a whopping 32 spots into 42nd, and third place finisher Dylan Sondrup is up three into 52nd. And at the Bjorn Thorsen Memorial, Nate Miceli is up four spots into in 121st, Joseph Lauer is now in 101st, and Ryan McElmon is in 133rd after finishing first, second and third respectively.
X Games Women's Slopestyle Podium: Tiril Christiansen (2nd), Kelly Sildaru (1st), Johanne Killi (3rd). Photo by Flip McCririck / ESPN Images
In Women’s Slopestyle, Kelly Sildaru’s high level breakout season continued as she picked up the win in her first appearance at X Games, which has moved her into 2nd on the rankings, while silver medalist Tiril Christiansen has made her way to the top of the leader board (overtaking Yuki Tsubota, who is now in 3rd), and bronze medalist Johanne Killi is now in 5th. At the Rev Tour, Nadia Gonzales remains in 10th thanks to her win, second place finisher Caroline Claire is now in 39th, and the always consistent Jackie Kling has climbed 30 spots up the ladder to end up into 64th after taking third. And at the Bjorn Thorsen Memorial, Rell Harwood is up 12 spots into 43rd, Nikita Rubocki is now in 37th, and Zoe Atkin is in 63rd after taking the top three spots.
X Games Men's Halfpipe Podium: Gus Kenworthy (2nd), Kevin Rolland (1st), Ben Valentin (3rd). Photo by Flip McCririck / ESPN Images
In Men’s Halfpipe, we have a new leader, as Kevin Rolland has overtaken the top spot thanks to his massive win at X Games, while Gus Kenworthy is now in 2nd thanks to his incredibly impressive silver medal performance, and Ben Valentin remains in 4th after bringing home the bronze. At the Rev Tour, Joel Gisler has nudged himself one spot up into 29th thanks to his win, Jaxin Hoerter remains in 19th after scoring second, and Andreas Gohl is up 21 spots into 54th after taking third. And at the Bjorn Thorsen Memorial, Bubba Newby is up two spots into 72nd, Tristan Feinberg is now in 96th, and Sam Ward is in 82nd after their first, second and third place finishes. Also worth noting is Torin Yater-Wallace making a significant leap of 30 spots, from 54th to 24th, after battling back from injury to finish fifth at the X Games.
X Games Women's Halfpipe Podium: Ayana Onozuka (2nd), Maddie Bowman (1st), Annalisa Drew (3rd). Photo by Flip McCririck / ESPN Images
In Women’s Halfpipe, Maddie Bowman has propelled herself from 18th to 4th after winning her fourth X Games in a row, Ayana Onozuka remains in 2nd after scoring the silver, and Annalisa Drew is now in 6th after claiming the bronze medal. Meanwhile, at the Rev Tour, halfpipe veteran Anais Caradeux emerged victorious, which bumps her from 38th to 29th, the stalwart Jeanee Crane-Mauzy is now in 13th thanks to scoring second, and Carly Marguiles is now in 32nd after taking third. And at the Bjorn Thorsen Memorial, Zoe Atkin is up three spots into 43rd, Hanna Blackwell is up three spots as well into 53rd, and Nikita Rubocki is now in 35th (mirroring her slopestyle ranking) after taking first, second and third. Also worth noting is Roz Groenewoud leap frogging from 20th to 8th after scoring sixth at the X Games.
X Games Men's Big Air Podium: Bobby Brown (2nd), Fabian Bosch (1st), Elias Ambuhl (3rd). Photo by Flip McCririck / ESPN Images
In Big Air, Fabian Bosch picked up his first X Games gold medal in his rookie appearance at the event amidst challenging conditions, which has allowed him to ascend from 25th to 16th, X Games veteran Bobby Brown has made a big jump from 16th to 3rd after scoring the silver, and bronze medalist Elias Ambuhl has overtaken the top spot on the leader board from Vincent Gagnier, who finished sixth. Other significant movements as a result of X Games include Luca Schuler ascending 11 spots, from 15th to 4th, thanks to scoring seventh, Kai Mahler climbing 10 spots, from 17th to 7th, via finishing fifth, and Jossi Wells bumping himself two spots up, from 12th to 10th, after ending up in eighth.
And last but not least, on the Overall Rankings, Jossi Wells is up from 7th to 3rd and Fabian Bosch is up from 19th to 16th on the men’s side of things, while amongst the ladies, Devin Logan continues to hold the top spot, while Kelly Sildaru is now in 5th, Cassie Sharpe is in 6th, Ayana Onozuka is in 7th, Tiril Christiansen is in 8th, and Yuki Tsubota and Maddie Bowman round out the top 10 in 8th and 9th, respectively.
That’s all for now on the AFP World Tour Rankings, but stay tuned for another update next week following the U.S. Grand Prix, which just wrapped up in Park City, Utah.