ASPEN, CO (Jan. 25) - U.S. Freeskiing's David Wise (Reno, NV) soared to a repeat X Games gold leading a USA podium sweep. Hometown hero Torin Yater-Wallace (Aspen, CO) took silver in his first event back from injury while veteran Simon Dumont (Bethel, ME) won bronze. Wise threw back to back double cork 1260s to claim his second title and best the field in every run.
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 24) – The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix returns to Park City Mountain Resort Jan. 28 – Feb. 2 with halfpipe snowboarding and freeskiing featuring 2002 Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT), defending freeskiing champion Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, CA), and four-time Grand Prix champion Louie Vito (Sandy, UT). Now in a record 17th season, the event opens with the Paul Mitchell Progression Session Big Air contest, followed by the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix halfpipe and Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix halfpipe finals.
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Jan. 2) – New to the Olympic sports roster, halfpipe and slopestyle freeskiing, will hit Copper Mountain Jan. 9-12 for the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix. Headling the tour opener are four-time X Games medalist and AFP Slopestyle Champion Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA), Dew Tour Champion and two-time X Games halfpipe medalist Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) and two-time X Games halfpipe medalist David Wise (Reno, NV). The longest running domestic tour, the Visa Grand Prix is now in its 17th season and its third season for freeskiing. The Visa U.S. Grand Prix is a FIS World Cup and AFP Platinum level event, which allows for American athletes to garner qualifying points on home soil for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
BRECKENRIDGE, CO (Dec. 14) – Brita Sigourney’s (Carmel, CA) amplitude and technical tricks won the judges over at women’s halfpipe finals at Dew Tour today. Teammate Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, CA) whose run featured left and right 900’s with strong grabs, landed her in second. It was Sigourney’s first competition back after she suffered a knee injury in late February. Next up for halfpipe athletes is the VISA U.S. Grand Prix and FIS World Cup at Copper Mountain Jan. 9-13.
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Dec. 8) – The 2013 U.S. Freeskiing Team, a powerhouse squad of 33 athletes led by four-time X Games medalist Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA) X Games Champion David Wise (Reno, NV), Overall Association of Freeskiing Professionals Champion Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) and four-time X Game medalist Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) was named today at Copper Mountain. Freeskiing makes its Olympic debut at the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia, where both slopestyle and halfpipe disciplines will be showcased. The team is gearing up for its first competition of the season, the Dew Tour at Breckenridge Dec. 13-16, followed by the VISA U.S.
WHISTLER, CANADA (April 24) – U.S. Freeskiing athletes Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) and Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) were crowned the overall AFP World Champions following the season ending slopestyle and halfpipe competitions last weekend in Whistler. The overall trophies were named and presented in honor of the late Sarah Burke. It was Kenworthy's second straight winter atop the AFP standings which spans halfpipe, slopestyle and big air competitions across 35 events stretching from August to April each season.
TIGNES, France (Mar. 16) – It was a storybook gold medal run for 16-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) who threw down his typical smooth landings and big amplitude. His winning run featured two technical double tricks. Teammate David Wise (Reno, NV) finished third with three cork tricks in his run. Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) followed in neighbor Kelly Clark’s (West Dover, VT) reign at the European X Games taking the 13th medal for the USA.
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA (March 4) - Putting pressure aside, after a crash on his first run, David Wise (Reno, NV) went huge on his final run and nailed it, scoring a 94.4 for the win at the VISA U.S. Grand Prix, FIS World Cup and platinum AFP event. The win was the third consecutive victory for Wise and also his third major of the season. On the women's side, Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) placed her own bookend on the freeskiing series with a top finish. She was also the winner of the first event of the season in Copper Mountain, CO.
Final Sprint U.S. Grand Prix Stop Boasts Big Names at Mammoth Mountain
MAMMOTH LAKES, CA (Feb. 22) – Watch for U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding favorites like Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA), David Wise (Reno, NV), Matt Ladley (Chicago, IL), Chas Guldemond (Reno, NV) and more at the final stop of the 2012 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, CA, February 29 – March 3. The third and final stop is a World Cup for freeskiing and a TTR 5Star ranked event with $42,000 in prize money up for grabs.