Kenworthy, Voisin win AFP Slopestyle
The last slopestyle event of the season, the World Skiing Invitational and the championships for the Association of Freeskiing Professionals World Tour, wrapped up Monday on a windy afternoon in Whistler, BC. American Gus Kenworthy, who also claimed the AFP overall title for the year, won for the men, with a 93.76. For the women, 14-year-old American Maggie Voisin, who came into the comp ranked 15th overall on the AFP standings, came out on top with a score of 90. This was Voisin's first major contest win of her career.
The course, which the athletes said was one of the best of the year, consisted of a three rail sections -- a down or down flat down option, a flat to gap, then two cannon options, one with a gap and one without -- and three jumps. A lot of the competitors struggled with overshooting the first jump, especially after the wind picked up later in the afternoon.
The girls ran first in finals and grappled with the weather. On the first run, only four of the competitors hit every feature, and only six elected to drop in for a second run. Local Whistler skier Yuki Tsubota fell and hit her head attempting a 540 on the last jump in her second run and had to be backboarded and taken off course by ski patrol, causing a 30-minute course hold.
Maggie Voisin, who showed maturity and consistency despite the challenging conditions and her young age, threw a back 270 onto the first rail, a switch safety grab out of the second, a left switch 900 on the first jump, a back 270 mute on the cannon, then a left 720 and a right 540 on the last two jumps. She was the only woman to throw a 900. "I just learned switch nines, so I'm glad I got to do them here," she said.
Norwegian Tiril Sjastad Christiansen, who won women's slopestyle at Aspen X Games 2013, was second with a score of 88, and American Jamie Crane-Mauzy, who threw a huge double backflip on the second jump, was third with 81.67. "I'm really glad Maggie won, she's so good," Christiansen said.
By the time the men skied, clouds rolled in and the wind picked up even more. Many of the athletes came down from their first runs frustrated because the weather was putting them off their game, especially on the jumps.
Gus Kenworthy, who also got second in Saturday's Big Air, proved his versatility across the board, putting down a strong first run that garnered the highest score of the afternoon. "I tried to step it up in my second run, and do a dub 16 instead of a 12, but I guess the first run was better," he said.
Kenworthy's winning run consisted of a right 270 onto the first rail, a left 270 on, front 450 off of the second, a double cork 1260 blunt on the first jump, and a switch right double cork 1080 Japan and a switch left double cork 1080 Japan on the last two jumps. "I love Whistler, I love the crowd here, and I'm stoked to be able to ski a run like that here," he said.
American Nick Goepper, who won the Aspen X Games Slopestyle in January, was second with a 93, and Australian Russ Henshaw rounded out the top three with a 92.67. Canadian Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, who finished the first run in second, just missed the podium with a 92.
2013 AFP World Championships: Men's Slopestyle Results
2013 AFP World Championships: Women's Slopestyle Results
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