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5-10
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Halfpipe and slopestyle double threat Gus Kenworthy is on a roll with no sign of slowing down. One of the most decorated freeskiers out there, Kenworthy has now collected four straight AFP overall titles and an Olympic silver medal in slopestyle to add to his trophy case.

The pressure was on at the start of the 2013-2014 season for Kenworthy, an Olympic hopeful in both disciplines. With five Olympic qualifying events, he had to double down at each event. At the final two Grand Prix events, Kenworthy placed second and then third in slopestyle, securing his ticket to Sochi through objective criteria.

As a member of the inaugural U.S. Olympic slopestyle team, Kenworthy made his country and sport proud by crushing the Russian slopestyle course and taking home the silver medal. He stood on the podium alongside his fellow teammates, Joss Christensen and Nick Goepper, who together swept the podium for the USA. It was only the third U.S. podium sweep in Winter Olympic Games history. While in Sochi, Kenworthy made headlines by adopting a family of stray dogs he met on the streets of the Olympic town and has been working with the International Humane Society to raise awareness for the cause.

A Telluride native, Kenworthy first gained recognition for his park skiing with one of his ski movie edits he posted on the Internet. Shortly thereafter he began filming with well-known ski production companies and ascending through the elite freeskiing ranks.

Kenworthy had a clean sweep of the Aspen/Snowmass Open slopestyle and halfpipe skiing events in both 2010 and 2012, which he followed up by winning the 2011 and 2012 AFP overall titles. In the 2012 season, he competed in more than 23 events and took dual wins in big air and slopestyle at the AFP World Championships. But 2013 proved to be his breakthrough season, as he took second at the Olympic halfpipe test event World Cup in Sochi, Russia and then won his first X Games medal in Tignes (bronze). He capped off the season with his third-straight AFP overall title.

FIRST TRACKS
While growing up in a town like Telluride, CO, it isn't uncommon to start skiing at an early age. Kenworthy’s parents got him out on the hill shortly after he was walking and he’s never looked back.

OFF THE SNOW
For the past few years, Kenworthy hasn’t had much of an off-season. He’s been traveling from one place to another, chasing the snow and living a perpetual winter season. When he gets the chance to kick back and unwind, you can find him skateboarding and playing with his dogs that he adopted from Russia. In the months leading up to the first events of the season, he spends a lot of time jumping on trampolines and doing as much off-mountain training as he can.

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS
Teams: 2014
Silver, SS, Sochi, RUS, 2014

AFP Ranking
1st, Overall, 2014
3rd, SS, 2014
7th, HP, 2014
1st, Overall, 2013
1st, Overall, 2012
1st, Overall, 2011

X GAMES
Bronze, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2013
5th, SS, Aspen, CO, 2014
4th, SS, Aspen, CO, 2012
5th, BA, Aspen, CO, 2012
7th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2014
7th, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2012
8th, SS, Aspen, CO, 2011

FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Teams: 2011, 2013
6th, SS, Voss, NOR, 2013
10th, SS, Park City, UT, 2011

FIS WORLD CUP
12 World Cup starts and 2 podiums since debut in 2011

GRAND PRIX
3rd, HP, Park City #2, UT, 2014
2nd, SS, Park City #2, UT, 2014
3rd, SS, Park City #1, UT, 2014
3rd, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, Dec. 2013
1st, BA, Paul Mitchell Progression Session, Park City, UT, 2013
7th, HP, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012
7th, SS, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012

OTHER
1st, SS, The Dumont Cup, Sunday River, ME, 2014
2nd, SS, SFR Tour, La Clusaz, FRA, 2014
1st, HP, The North Face Park and Pipe Open, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013
1st, SS, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2013
2nd, BA, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2013
2nd, SS, The Dumont Cup, Sunday River, ME, 2013
1st, HP, SFR Tour, Tignes, FRA, 2013
1st, BA, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2012
1st, SS, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2012
1st, SS, Dumont Cup, Bethel, ME, 2012
1st, SS, Aspen/Snowmass Open, Aspen, CO, 2012
1st, HP, Aspen/Snowmass Open, Aspen, CO, 2012
1st, HP, North Face Park & Pipe Open, Whistler, CAN, 2012
1st, SS, NZ Winter Games, Cardrona, NZL, 2011
1st, BA, Dew Tour, Mount Snow, VT, 2010


2nd, SS, Dumont Cup, Bethel, ME, 2013
2nd, SS, Austrian Freeski Open, Kaprün, AUT, 2012
2nd, HP, Dew Tour, Killington, VT, 2011
2nd, SS, Junior World Championships, 2010
4th, SS, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2011
4th, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2011