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WHISTLER BC, April 16, 2013 – Americans Gus Kenworthy and Maggie Voisin took home the men's and women's Slopestyle wins at the 2013 Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Skiing Invitational (WSI) at the 18th Annual World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler, BC.
Kenworthy, who currently holds the top AFP men's overall world ranking, was the top qualifier for the ten man final and last to drop in on each of the two finals runs. Scoring a 93.67 on his first run, Kenworthy cruised to the win with a second run victory lap.
Coming in just behind Kenworthy was American Nick Goepper, scoring a 93 on his second run, landing a switch double cork misty rodeo 1260 on the bottom jump. Australian Russ Henshaw finished in third spot with a score of 92.67, landing a double cork 1260 tail grab on the final jump. Canadian Alex Beaulieu-Marchand just missed the podium in fourth place with a score of 92.
In the women's final, Maggie Voisin scored a 90 on her first of two runs to take the victory. Norwegian Tiril Christiansen finished in second place with a score of 88, and Jamie Crane-Mauzy of the United States rounded out the podium with a score of 81.67. Whistler local and hometown favorite Yuki Tsubota finished in fourth place, crashing on the last jump of her second run.
The WSI wrapped up last night with the 2013 AFP Awards Dinner, where the top overall ranked men's and women's skiers each took home the Sarah Burke Memorial Trophy.
The sports action will continue at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival with The Shred Show, Presented by Monster Energy snowboarding events. The Shred Show will feature Boarderstyle in the Blackcomb Terrain Park on Thursday, April 18, Slopestyle on Friday, April 19, in the Blackcomb Highest Level Terrain Park, and Big Air on Saturday April 20, in Skiers Plaza at the Base of Whistler Mountain. Both the Slopestyle and Big Air contests will be World Snowboard Tour 5 Star Events. Live scoring and results can be found online at http://live.eim-solutions.com/shredshow2013.
The World Ski & Snowboard Festival is produced by Watermark Communications, a Whistler‐based event production & communications company, and presented in partnership with Tourism Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb. Having grown over 18 years into the largest annual winter sports and music festival in North America, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival is a 10 day and night showcase of the best of snow sports, music, arts and mountain culture. Featuring major professional ski and snowboarding competitions, the largest annual free outdoor concert series in Canada, cultural events that match up art‐lovers with the art‐makers, career‐making fashion, photography and film showcases, the best spring snow conditions in the world, and burn‐the candle at both ends nightlife, the World Ski and Snowboard Festival is the poster child for the ultimate ski and snowboard festival experience. In blazing the way for the youth of tomorrow, the World Ski and Snowboard Festival embodies the mantra: 'Party in April. Sleep in May.'