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|Gus Kenworthy on the quarterpipe feature of the WSI slopestyle course.|
Under a milky grey sky on Friday afternoon in Whistler, British Columbia, Gus Kenworthy capped off his already successful season with a win in the men's slopestyle finals at the World Skiing Invitational, the championships and final contest for the Association of Freeskiing Professionals. Kenworthy scored a 92.4.
England's James Woods took second with a score of 89.4, followed by American Joss Christensen, who scored an 88.8. Russ Henshaw and Tom Wallisch -- who'd already earned the overall AFP title in men's slopestyle -- placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
Kenworthy's top scoring first run included a switch rightside double rodeo 1080, a double cork 1260 over the channel gap, a switch double rodeo 900 on the last jump, and a cork 900 on the quarterpipe at the end of the course.
Originally from Telluride, Colo., Kenworthy is fresh off wins at the Jon Olsson Invitational and the Dumont Cup. "The last few events have gone really well for me and I couldn't be happier to end the year on a bang," Kenworthy said. "It was a super fun course here -- I was happy with the way they had it set up."
He has unofficially already secured the overall AFP title, called the Sarah Burke Trophy, given to the best male skier in all disciplines. This is Kenworthy's second year in a row winning the overall title. "I won it last year but it was a real points race toward the end of the year," Kenworthy said. "I wanted to win it again this year, but I wanted to win by a mile rather than an inch. So I skied as hard as I could all year long and I'm honored to take the title again."
|Anna Segal won the women's slopestyle finals at WSI.|
In the women's slopestyle finals, Australian Anna Segal won with a score of 90. American Emila Wint took second with an 86.4, and Whistler local Yuki Tsubota took third with a score of 83.
Segal's winning run included a rightside 720, a flat 360 with a critical grab, a cork 720, and a big air on the final quarterpipe feature.
"I feel like I've had a good season but I haven't had a first place finish so this tops off my already good season," Segal told ESPN.com after winning.
Canadian Kaya Turski, who'd already cemented her overall AFP women's slopestyle title, didn't compete in Whistler.