Young Torin Yater-Wallace Takes the halfpipe title at AFP World Champs. (USSA/Sarah Brunson)
WHISTLER, CANADA (April 23) – After a season of podiums, that included an X Games gold, a Dew Tour victory and a VISA U.S. Grand Prix second, Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) was crowned the 2012 AFP halfpipe champion after finishing third at the season finale. David Wise (Reno, NV), who had been duking it out with Yater-Wallace all winter claimed second ahead of France’s Thomas Krief. Rosalind Groenewoud of Canada won the women's AFP halfpipe title, while high school senior Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, CA) jumped to second with victory in Whistler.
Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) claimed the 2012 men’s halfpipe AFP World Championship title with third in the season finale.
Yater-Wallace’s title puts him on top by 134 points on the AFP World Ranking.
David Wise (Reno, NV) was second over France's Thomas Krief.
Canada’s Rosalind Groenewoud won the women's AFP World Championship halfpipe title by 66 points, over Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, CA), who won the season's final event. France’s Anais Caradeux was third.
Canada’s Mike Riddle won the finale halfpipe event to close the season.
QUOTES Torin Yater-Wallace It’s been a great season for me, I have been working really hard to get my runs dialed and I have had some great success. My X Games gold medal was a big highlight for me. There is so much going on in freeskiing right now and I am looking forward to Sochi and hopefully get the honor to represent my country.
Maddie Bowman This year has been a whirlwind. I started out at the U.S. Revolution Tour in January and ended up at X Games and on the U.S. Freeskiing team. Winning this final event is the cherry on top.
I’ve been so lucky to do so well, this season has been a dream come true and I have worked real hard. I am really excited to go to college in the fall and continue with my skiing next season and, of course the potential of the Olympics in 2014.