Gus Kenworthy & Ayana Onozuka win 2015 Park City Grand Prix halfpipe

Gus Kenworthy & Ayana Onozuka win 2015 Park City Grand Prix halfpipe

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The 2015 Park City Grand Prix halfpipe final went down this afternoon, here at Park City Mountain Resort; despite a bit of snowfall, the level of competition was absolutely spectacular. In fact, many are hailing Gus Kenworthy’s winning run as the best halfpipe performance of all time.

Re: Kenworthy…

The 2014 Olympic silver medalist earned a 92.2 on his first go-round today. Kenworthy’s run consisted of a left double cork 12 safety, right 10 tail, switch double 10 Japan, alley-oop double flat 9 Japan and a cork 10 tail to close. We were darn impressed:

Then, on his second run through the pipe, Kenworthy upped the ante, improving amplitude and style, and also swapping that final-hit 1080 with a double cork 10 safety, for a total of four doubles in one single run. The result was a whopping score of 95.6, and a showering of praise from the massive crowd assembled alongside the superpipe, including some of the sport’s biggest names:

Kenworthy’s performance today helped to spark an electric atmosphere that pervaded the contest. His victory comes just one day after he skied his way to a third place finish in slopestyle, here at PCMR. Furthermore, Kenworthy was victorious at the historic Air + Style big air in Pasadena, CA, less than one week ago. One could say the man is on a roll…

Watch: Kenworthy’s winning halfpipe run at #ParkCityGP.

Click to listen: Interview with Gus Kenworthy, post 2015 #ParkCityGP halfpipe victory.

Kenworthy was joined on the podium by Kevin Rolland and David Wise, who finished second and third, respectively. Rolland put one heck of a fine run to his feet on his third and final stab at the pipe; I speculate that he may have broken a world record for highest air in a halfpipe on his first-hit double cork 1260 (unofficial, of course). Absolutely massive.

We enjoyed an impressive performance from Mr. Wise, who struggled through the practice round today, but managed to put ‘er down when it counted. Justin Dorey, who placed fourth, also put up an amazing display of skiing. Dorey’s “Bone Air” is one of the most mind-boggling tricks we’ve seen to date, and the man just oozes style from top to bottom. Additionally, both Torin Yater-Wallace and Simon D’Artois were en route to massive scores on their third and final runs, but both skiers went down on their final hits. Tough breaks, indeed.

For the ladies, Japan’s Ayana Onozuka earned her first major career win. Onozuka was joined on the podium by Germany’s Sabrina Cakmakli and Kiwi Janina Kuzma.

Onozuka received high marks for her smooth, fluid skiing. The Japanese pipe slayer, who earned a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, is among the best of the females when it comes to powering through the halfpipe transition. Her run today consisted of back-to-back 540s, a 720, a switch 7, a 360 and a switch 5 to close.

“I’m so excited, I can’t believe it,” Onozuka told us after the contest. Her English isn’t the strongest, so we certainly appreciated this simple expression. Onozuka also gave a nod to fellow competitor Maddie Bowman, who pulled out of today’s event on account of a slightly bothered knee. “Maddie was not competing today, and I was so sorry to hear that,” Onozuka said. “I skied for Maddie today.”

Watch: Onozuka’s winning halfpipe run at #ParkCityGP.

Cakmakli (fun fact: she’s sponsored by Pizza Hut) wowed spectators and judges alike with her mastery of switch skiing in the pipe, including a lofty switch air to open her runs. Kuzma continued her oh-so-consistent ways, earning the bronze. Logan skied like the boss that she is, combining smooth spins with locked grabs, and an extra shoutout goes out to Cassie Sharpe, whose back-to-back flairs are too legit to quit.

All in all, the showcase of both skiing and snowboarding this weekend grants the locals a taste of what’s to come in 2019, when the FIS Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships roll through town. The USSA, as you may recall, won a bid in the summer of 2014 to host the event between PCMR, Canyons and Deer Valley.

#ParkCityGP Men’s Halfpipe Final

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#ParkCityGP Women’s Halfpipe Final

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Related: Joss Christensen & Emma Dahlström win 2015 Park City Grand Prix slopestyle

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