GUS KENWORTHY TAKES GOLD FOR GB
15th February 2020
Last modified on February 17th, 2020
The former US skier who now competes for Team GB is on top of the podium. Gus Kenworthy has won gold at the FIS freestyle Halfpipe World Cup in Calgary, Canada.
It is GB’s first men’s Halfpipe World Cup win and the first World Cup victory for Gus Kenworthy since 2016.
Kenworthy found form and style again in the finals to post a score of 93.20 to finish in first place ahead of Brendan Mackay (2nd) and Birk Irving (3rd).
It is his first World Cup event since joining GB Snowsport.
He is only the third GB Snowsport athlete to win a world cup event in halfpipe after Rowan Cheshire in 2014 and Zoe Atkin in December of last year.
Kenworthy made his comeback at X Games Aspen and then took silver on the modified pipe at the Dew Tour in Mammoth, California, last weekend.
Check out his winning run in Calgary here.
Welcome back to the World Cup, Gus Kenworthy! Four massive hits and done to take the win at his first World Cup competition in over two years…? #snowrodeo #fisfreestyle #halfpipe #fisfreeski #boom
Posted by FIS Freestyle Skiing on Friday, 14 February 2020
“I am super stoked to win my first World Cup event for a few years and my first gold since I’ve started competing for GB Snowsport,” Kenworthy said after his victory
“The return to snow has been awesome so far and I’m really enjoying working with everyone at GB Snowsport. It is always special to compete here in Calgary and means a lot to me to come here and win gold.”
He joined Team GB last December as we reported at the time on PlanetSKI:
“We are delighted for Gus and his team. We have been working closely with him now for a few months and his transition back to snow has been great,” said Vicky Gosling, Chief Executive of GB Snowsport.
“This is another great result in what has been a constant streak of world cup podium finishes for GB Snowsport athletes since the turn of the year and shows that we are heading in the right direction on our goal of being a top five snowsport nation by 2030.”
GUS KENWORTHY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- Two-time Olympian (2014, 2018)
- PyeongChang 2018, 12th (slopestyle)
- Sochi 2014, silver medallist (slopestyle)
- 2017 FIS World Cup Standings, 10th (halfpipe)
- 2016 X Games Aspen, 2nd (superpipe & slopestyle)
- 2016 FIS World Cup Standings, 8th (halfpipe)
- 2016 X Games Oslo, 3rd (superpipe & big air)
- 2015 FIS World Cup Standings, 2nd (halfpipe), 8th (slopestyle)
- 2014 FIS World Cup Standings, 8th (slopestyle)
- 2013 X Games Tignes, 3rd (slopestyle)
- 2013 FIS World Cup Standings, 7th (halfpipe)