apr 23, 2012
Mike Riddle wins gold in superpipe at the AFP World Championship
Atomic Athlete Mike Riddle finishes the season in the best possible way by winning the gold medal in the superpipe at the WSI AFP World Championship in Whistler, Canada.
The AFP World Championship at the World Skiing Invitational in Whistler, Canada is the final big event in a long freeski competition season. All the best freeskiers on the planet come to the idilic town in British Columbia to compete at the last AFP Platinum level event and vie for valuable AFP points. Mike Riddle outperformed all his fellow competitors with a very technical and flawless run, deservedly winning the Gold medal.
PERSISTENCE AND DEDICATION
Finally living up to his impeccably high standards, Mike Riddle stormed into first place at the AFP World Championship. The Alberta native grabbed the top spot amidst a stacked field of athletes with a flawless run that had the local crowd going berserk at the finish coral. Athletes and spectators alike declared Mike the victor, quickly backed up by the judges with a score of 92.6, five points ahead of second place. “Mike is back!” proclaimed his coach and Canadian National team head coach Trennon Paytner, overjoyed to have such a crowning achievement at the end of a very challenging season. Capping such a long season with a win is the sweetest of victories. Mike Riddle’s persistence and dedication throughout the season proved invaluable and reinforced the statement he made winning last year’s FIS World Championship event in Park City.
TECHNICAL AND FLAWLESS
Many supporters came to cheer on Mike in the finals including his parents, brother and girlfriend. This may have been the extra inspiration he needed to nail such an amazing run. He stomped his first run in the finals, putting him on top after the first round, however, he decided to step it up a notch during his second time through the twenty two foot superpipe. His run started off with a massive double cork 1260 mute grab, followed by a rightside 900 tail grab which lead into a leftside 900 japan grab. He then launched a huge alley-oop flatspin 360 bow and arrow grab, finishing off his run with a technical switch 900 mute grab. Every trick was grabbed to perfection and landed high on the transition, this flawlessness put him ahead of the other competitors by a large margin. “It has been a tough season for sure,” said Mike “So I am really happy to end on such a good note and I am looking forward to coming back even stronger next season.” Congratulations to Mike, you truly deserved the win.