It's time for another short, sweet but impactful update on the 2015 AFP World Tour Rankings, as last three week three key events went down, including the Silver-ranked Canadian Open Tour (Slopestyle) at Canada's Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, the Gold-ranked Canadian Open Championship (Halfpipe) that also took place at COP, and the Platinum-ranked SFR Tour Halfpipe Finals in Tignes, France.
Let's start with Men's Slopestyle, where Gus Kenworthy, McRae Williams and Bobby Brown continue to hold down the top three spots, and while there are no significant changes to report in the top 10, Tanner Gordon's victory at the Canadian Open Tour has allowed him to move from 75th to 46th on the rankings, Teal Harle is up nine spots into 33rd after scoring second, and Riley Culver has jumped from 35th to 28th after taking third.
In Women's Slopestyle, there have been some mild fluctuations in the top 10 due to the 52-week rolling system (although Anouk Purnelle-Faniel continues to hold down the top spot), while a little further down the list, Elena Gaskell has ascended 23 spots, from 55th to 32nd, after picking up the win at the Canadian Open Tour, Bryana Cressey has moved from 109th to 60th thanks to placing second, while her sister Megan remains in 103rd after nabbing the third and final spot on the podium.
SFR Tour Men's Halfpipe Finals Podium: David Wise (2nd), Mike Riddle (1st), Alex Ferreira (3rd). Photo by Chad Buchholz / FIS
In Men's Haflpipe, David Wise, Kevin Rolland and Gus Kenworthy remain in 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively, while Benoit Valentin's win at the Canadian Open Championship allows him to remain in fourth, X Games gold medalist Simon d'Artois has risen one spot to 5th after placing second, and Byron Wells has crept into the top 10 in 9th thanks to his third place performance. Across the pond at the SFR Tour Halfpipe Finals, Mike Riddle scored his first victory of the season to move up a spot into 7th, the aforementioned David Wise remains in 2nd after taking the silver, and Alex Ferreira is now in 6th after rounding out the podium in third.
SFR Tour Women's Halfpipe Finals Podium: Ayana Onozuka (2nd), Cassie Sharpe (1st), Brita Sigourney (3rd). Photo by Chad Buchholz / FIS
In Women's Halfpipe, we have a new leader, as Ayana Onozuka has overtaken the top spot from Janina Kuzma thanks for placing second at the SFR Tour Halfpipe Finals, while Devin Logan's victory at the Canadian Open Championship and fifth place showing at the SFR Tour has moved her from 17th to 3rd. Cassie Sharpe is now in 6th thanks to placing first at the SFR Tour and second at the Canadian Open Championship, and her Canadian teammate Keltie Hansen is up three spots, from 13th to 10th, after taking third at the latter event. And last but not least, Brita Sigourney is up five spots, from 10th to 5th, after landing in fourth at the Canadian Open Championship and third at the SFR Tour. Also worth noting is Marie Martinod cracking the top 10 into 7th after just missing the podium in fourth at the SFR Tour.
On the Men's Overall Rankings, there are no major changes to report in the top 20 (with Gus Kenworthy, Jossi Wells and Torin Yater-Wallace remaining in 1st, 2nd and 3rd), while on the women's side of things, Devin Logan, Jamie Crane-Mauzy and Cassie Sharpe continue to hold down the top three, Annalisa Drew is up one spot into 7th, and Rachael Karker has moved from 11th to 8th.
That's the latest and greatest from the AFP World Tour, but stay tuned for another update shortly, which will take a look at how the Gold-ranked Freeski World Cup in Corvatsch Silvaplana, Switzerland, Sony Snow Crown at Blue Mountain, Ontario, Iceland Winter Games in Akureyi, Iceland and more affect the 2015 AFP World Tour Rankings.