JUNE 2, 2017 – TAHOE CITY, CA – Now that a long and snow-filled winter has sadly wrapped up, the Association of Freeskiing Professionals is excited to announce the 2017 AFP World Tour Champions.
For the stunning seventh and sixth year in a row, respectively, Gus Kenworthy (USA) and Devin Logan (USA) have been crowned as the AFP World Tour Men’s & Women’s Overall Champions. In retaining their long-held titles, Kenworthy and Logan have continued to showcase their well-rounded abilities in all disciplines of competitive freeskiing, and will be presented with the Sarah Burke Trophy at the AFP Awards in Breckenridge, Colorado this December.
In Slopestyle, for the second year in a row, Øystein Bråten (NOR) and Kelly Sildaru (EST) are the AFP World Tour Men’s & Women’s Slopestyle Champions. Both of these mind-blowing competitors brought home their back-to-back championships via victories at three Platinum-Level AFP-sanctioned events, which allowed them to achieve the maximum amount of accumulative points available on this season’s AFP World Tour.
In Halfpipe, Aaron Blunck (USA) and Marie Martinod (FRA) are the AFP World Tour Men’s & Women’s Halfpipe Champions for their first time. Blunck’s victory is highlighted by his long-awaited win at X Games Aspen, while Martinod topped the field thanks to her first place finishes at X Games Aspen and two U.S. Grand Prix events.
In Big Air, Scandinavia has ruled the day, as Henrik Harlaut (SWE) is the AFP World Tour Men’s Big Air Champion for the first time since 2013 thanks to his silver medal showings at X Games Aspen and X Games Norway, while Emma Dahlström’s (SWE) equally impressive season helped her win the AFP World Tour Women’s Big Air Champion title for her first time.
On the AFP Junior Rankings, which apply to athletes aged 18-years-old and younger as of December 31, 2016, Birk Irving (USA) and Kelly Sildaru (EST) are the sophomore AFP World Tour Men’s & Women’s Junior Overall Champions. In Slopestyle, Alex Hall (USA) has obtained his first AFP championship as the AFP World Tour Men’s Junior Slopestyle Champion, while Kelly Sildaru (EST) has been awarded another accolade as the AFP World Tour Women’s Junior Slopestyle Champion. On the halfpipe side of things, Birk Irving (USA) has made it two-for-two by becoming the AFP World Tour Men’s Junior Halfpipe Champion, and Madison Rowlands (GBR) has racked up the biggest win of her young career thus far as the AFP World Tour Women’s Junior Halfpipe Champion. And in Big Air, Birk Ruud’s (NOR) breakout season has scored him the title of AFP World Tour Men’s Junior Big Air Champion, while Kelly Sildaru (EST) has secured her staggering fourth title of the season as the AFP World Tour Women’s Junior Big Air Champion.
All of this year’s AFP World Tour Champions, along with second and third place in each discipline, will be physically crowned at the annual AFP Awards Dinner & Party this December in Breckenridge, Colorado, just prior to the kick-off of Dew Tour.
For more information on the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, the AFP World Tour and the 2017 AFP World Tour Champions, including an in-depth look at the results-based breakdown of how these athletes achieved their impressive accolades, visit afpworldtour.com.