Winners Drew Tabke and Angel Collinson.
Courtesy of Keith Carlsen/ MSI
On Saturday in Snowbird, Utah, the Freeskiing World Championships rounded up with 10 women and 35 men hitting the slopes. Angel Collinson took first and also snatched up the McConkey Cup for the second year in a row. Drew Tabke took first for both the men championships and also for the overall 2011 season.
The winning runs for both Collinson and Tabke wowed the judges with their technical skills and of course, getting air. Collinson had some air at the start, then again through blonde rocks and Burk's Bush. Tabke also got some air in the beginning, then hit two jumps, and continued his hot streak through Burk's Bush and the Broom Closet.
Many of the riders, including Collinson, rode in memory of Ryan Hawks, who passed away in early March in a skiing accident. This year's championship included a Ryan Hawks Spirit Award, which went to Willie Schneider. “I’m super grateful to receive this award because Ryan was such an amazing person and a great athlete,” said Willie Schneider according to Freeskiing World Tour. “I was very emotional when his father came up and gave me a hug. I can’t express it in words.”