McRae Williams locked down the crystal globe awarded to the season champion in ski slopestyle by taking second Friday at the world cup final in Silvaplana, Switzerland, leading a dominant Team USA performance that saw 2014 Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy also reach the podium as Americans took three of the top four spots.
Canada’s Teal Harle won the event with a score of 92.80, 2.60 points ahead of Williams’ 90.20. Kenworthy was third at 88.20, while Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper was fourth with an 86.60.
A three-time X Games slopestyle medalist, most recently taking silver at this year’s X Games Aspen, Williams claimed his first overall title with his fourth career world cup podium. Added to his first world cup win Jan. 14 in Font Romeu, France, the Park City, Utah native recorded two podiums in the same season for the first time.
Currently leading the men’s Association of Freeskiing Professionals overall rankings, Kenworthy picked up his second career slopestyle world cup podium, which, along with his five in halfpipe, boosts his total to seven. He also holds five X Games medals. Goepper, bronze medalist at the 2013 world championships, earned his second top-five finish of the season and is second to Kenworthy in the AFP standings. Bobby Brown finished 10th with a 75.60.
Team USA took two of the top five spots in the women’s competition, with Maggie Voisin placing fourth and Devin Logan fifth. Since her world cup debut in 2013, Voisin has earned six top-five finishes, highlighted by her win Feb. 2 at Mammoth Mountain, California. Logan, who took silver when slopestyle made its Olympic debut in Sochi, sits atop the women’s AFP overall rankings, 687 points ahead of Great Britain’s Madison Rowlands.
Team USA now turns its attention to the freestyle world championships, set for March 8-19 in Sierra Nevada, Spain, with the slopestyle finals slated for the final day of competition.