Gus Kenworthy, Telluride’s homebred ski star, launched onto the podium last week winning the bronze at the men’s slopestyle event at the European X Games in Tignes, France.
The podium place puts yet another feather in the cap of this young freeskiing luminary who is currently ranked #1 in the world in Association of Freeskiing Professionals overall rankings for the 2012/2013 season.
According to his father, Peter Kenworthy, of Telluride, Gus’s finals run at the Tignes X Games slopestyle event was technically and stylistically superb – one that easily could have put him into gold-winning territory. “He’s definitely right up there with rest of them,” Peter Kenworthy said of his son, who scored below Park City’s McRae Williams (taking first in his first-ever X Games final) and AFP second-ranked skier Jossi Wells of New Zealand, who came in second.
X Games Aspen 2013 medalists Nick Goepper, Henrik Harlaut and James Woods all failed to advance from the elimination round, leaving the door wide open for young guns like Kenworthy to step up to the podium at the Tignes event.
The X Games podium adds yet another bright spot to this competitive skier’s professional resume; after his best X Games Aspen fifth place finish in Big Air, Kenworthy went on to win the Grand Prix-Paul Mitchell Progression Session Big Air contest in Park City (along with a hefty cash purse), despite battling a cracked sternum sustained in the Big Air contest in Aspen.
He headed next to Sochi, Russia for an Olympic test event, establishing his dominance on the world stage by taking second in the halfpipe.
Before making his X Games trip, Kenworthy honed his skills in Austria and Norway, competing in the Austrian Freeski Open and the FIS World Championships in Norway, where he placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in slopestyle events. In between events, Kenworthy has made time to join film crews on the road, shooting footage for next year’s most touted ski flicks.