Jen Hudak Takes 2010 AFP Female Superpipe Title

Jen Hudak Takes 2010 AFP Female Superpipe Title

Jen Hudak (USA) has been crowned the AFP Women’s 2010 Superpipe Champion, for the second year in a row. Jen’s excellence throughout the season in the Superpipe discipline, from her X Games gold medals to WSI victory to 2nd at the Winter Dew Tour has proven enough to topple the rest of the female field. “It feels amazing to be named the overall Superpipe Champ,” says Hudak. “It is always nice to be recognized by your sport.”

Hudak, who has been a competition skier for seasons, gives credit consistency and her hard working nature for the win. “I’ve worked really hard for a long time on both the physical and mental components of this sport and I was finally able to put it all to use this year,” cites Hudak. “Consistency was certainly what made it all happen for me.”

Although modest, for Hudak’s to overcome fellow competitors like three-time X Games gold medalist Sarah Burke and two-time AFP Overall Women’s Champ Roz Groenewoud, hard work and consistency was only half the story. Her monster 900 and 720 and explosive amplitude was the other half.

After foregoing the New Zealand Open and Pure NZ Games, Hudak started her season off with the only female Winter Dew Tour stop in Breckenridge, CO. There Hudak took second to Sarah Burke and Rosalind Groenewoud took third. A month later at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Hudak overcame all and took home the gold. A gold medal performance that Hudak would repeat at the Winter X Games Europe in Tignes Val Claret, France. And as an icing on the season, Hudak took home the win again in Whistler, Canada at the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival.

“I’ve worked really hard for a long time on both the physical and mental components of this sport and I was finally able to put it all to use this year,” explains Hudak.

Needing four events to take the win, the women’s superpipe field was only four events deep, due to the Winter Dew Tour holding one event and the European Freeski Open’s cancellation. However, Hudak rolled the schedule into her strategy. “I was slightly relieved when I saw the competition line-up for this year because I was unsure of how my knee would hold up for a long season,” clarifies Jen. “Though there were fewer events all together, there were still a number of high level events with the addition of European X-Games.”

The current generation of female superpipe riders was augmented with the addition of new blood, the charge being led by Megan Gunning and Dania Assaly. “There are certainly more girls skiing pipe now than when I started,” says Hudak. “And certainly at a higher level.” But in the end, it was Jen who dominated the new and the old, the seasoned and the green, leveling the field by almost a margin of 1000 points. “It was an amazing season and a bit surreal.”

Behind Jen Hudak, the top five on the 2009-2010 AFP Women’s Superpipe rankings were as follows: Rosalind Groenewoud (CAN) in 2nd, Sarah Burke (CAN) in 3rd, Anais Caradeux (FRA) in 4th and Megan Gunning (CAN) in 5th. For full rankings, visit the AFP Current Rankings page here.

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