Gus Kenworthy captured his second consecutive World Skiing Invitational (WSI) men's slopestyle title on Monday (April 15), also cementing his third-straight AFP World Tour overall championship, as the World Ski and Snowboard Festival's ski events came to a conclusion.
Kenworthy, who was second to Vincent Gagnier in Saturday's (April 13) big air contest, scored a 93.67 on his first of two finals runs to earn the victory, holding off podium finishers Nick Goepper (93.00) and Russ Henshaw (92.67) on the Blackcomb Mountain course.
"I feel like I always do pretty well in Whistler, it's just one of my favourite places on Earth," said Kenworthy, who picked up $5,000 for the win Monday. "I'm stoked to be able to compete here."
While Kenworthy didn't claim any AFP discipline titles this year, he said it "means the world" to win the Sarah Burke Trophy as overall winner for the third year in a row.
"I've trained super hard and worked on all my tricks to get it to this point and it just feels awesome to be able to land runs in contests and get results," he said. "It shows that the work's paying off and it feels great."
U.S. skier Maggie Voisin (90.00) won the women's slopestyle title on Monday, while X Games champ Tiril Sjastad Christiansen (88.00) was second and Jamie Crane-Mauzy (81.67) third.
However, there was much concern for local entry Yuki Tsubota, who crashed hard on her second run and was taken to the clinic for treatment. Canadian Freestyle Ski Association officials said Tsubota's initial diagnosis showed no signs of anything broken or a concussion, though the Pemberton resident was experiencing some discomfort after the fall.
See Thursday's (April 18) edition of The Question for more.