loka 31, 2012
Gus Kenworthy On Top Of London With Precision And Style
Gus kenworthy claimed his first two podiums with Atomic this weekend in London at the relentless freeze big air competition. Unleashing an unbelievable array of tricks with the required technicality and unrivaled style, Gus had the local crowd in a frenzy anticipating what trick would come next.
With gusty winds and plummeting temperatures, the Battersea Power Plant venue quickly become quite winter-like as the skiers prepared for Friday night’s Big Air competition. Ignoring the challenging conditions, the competitors quickly adapted and began throwing huge tricks and amplifying the excitement levels for the chilled crowed. The head to head semi-finals pitted rider against rider in a knockout battle that pushed ATOMIC’s Elias Ambühl and Jossi Wells to the sidelines to watch the final battle. In yet another high level display of freeskiing’s best, the London final didn’t disappoint. With an impressive placing second, ATOMIC’s Gus Kenworthy showcased his precision and consistency with a flawless switch double rodeo 9 Japan and a switch cork 5 screamin’ semen Japan.
THE MOMENTUM CONTINUES
Coming off another year of dominance, consecutive AFP World Tour Championships, slope, pipe and big air podiums and another sick Aleyeska session with Matchstick’s Superheroes of Stoke, Gus had yet to podium at a city big air event. After a string of fourth place finishes at all the major city events, Gus can finally add his second place at London to his list of impressive accomplishments. Riding the new 2013 ATOMIC Punx and prototype Overload boots, everything is clicking for Gus. Heading into a busy winter schedule Gus is excited with the potential saying, “These skis and boots are so sick, I feel super confident and all the gear is exceeding my expectations.”
STYLE IN MIND
The day after Gus stood on the podium of his first city big air, he again made an impressive showing in the Style Competition. Competing against some heavy hitters, Gus Kenworthy came away with first place with a flawless switch cork 540 screamin’ semen Japan. “Style events are a nice change of pace from the regular big air format and are a great opportunity to showcase tricks you would not normally do in competition.” Kenworthy continued, “…it was really fun and happy I came out on top.”