Aaron Blunck burst onto the freeskiing scene in 2011 and quickly climbed the halfpipe ranks with multiple World Cup podiums, X Games invites and a spot on the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team for halfpipe skiing. (Getty Images/AFP/Franck Fife)
The U.S. qualified seven total skiers to the finals of the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Park City on Wednesday.
Gus Kenworthy led a U.S. sweep in the men’s halfpipe final, which was cancelled due to heavy snow, as the results were determined off the qualifying round.
Four Americans qualified for the halfpipe finals. Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) took first, as the only American woman to qualify. Among the men, Lyman Currier (Boulder, CO), Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, CO) and Broby Leeds (Vail, CO) qualified.
David Wise, Torin Yater-Wallace and Devin Logan each found the podium at the first U.S. Grand Prix of the season.
David Wise became the first-ever Olympic halfpipe skiing champion Tuesday night, winning gold at the sport’s debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Athletes completed the final training for halfpipe skiing Monday despite fog at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
The North Face is being honored by the USSA and SnowSports Industries America (SIA) for its work with the new Olympic sport of freeskiing. Photo: Diane Bondareff/Invision for The North Face/AP Images
Tonight, 11 athletes were nominated to the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing)
Lyman Currier and Aaron Blunck join David Wise on the first-ever Olympic team for halfpipe skiing after taking first and second Saturday at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix.
David Wise clinched a nomination to the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team Sunday with his victory in the snowy halfpipe final at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face at Breckenridge.
The nation’s leading freeskiing athletes continue the battle for Olympic team spots Jan. 8-12 when the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face heads to Breckenridge for the third of five Olympic qualification events.
Aaron Blunck moved to the top of the U.S. Olympic qualification standings with his halfpipe win Friday at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix Series presented by The North Face.
David Wise led a full-throttle U.S. sweep of the first-ever halfpipe skiing Olympic qualifier at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships Saturday night at Breckenridge with Aaron Blunck and Lyman Currier finishing second and third.
With just 100 days to go to the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, The North Face unveiled the official 2014 U.S. Freeskiing competition uniforms to be worn by U.S. Freeskiing athletes when the sport makes its historic Olympic debut.
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Colorado native Aaron Blunck has accomplished quite a bit with his 18 years on this Earth, and he can now add the title Olympian to his list of lifetime achievements. Blunck had a banner 2013-2014 season with multiple World Cup podiums, an X Games invite and impressive results during the Grand Prix Olympic qualifying series, which earned him a spot on the first-ever U.S. Olympic Freeskiing Team. Aaron represented the U.S. at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games and finished seventh in halfpipe skiing, cementing his name in freeskiing history. To top it off, Blunck finished second in halfpipe and fourth overall on the AFP world ranking list.
Blunck first turned heads in freeskiing in 2012 by taking bronze at the inaugural Youth Olympic Winter Games with his smooth style and tricks. With five podiums in the 2011-2012 season, from USSA’s U.S. Revolution Tour to the Gatorade FreeFlow Tour, Aaron made it clear he would be one to watch in the coming years.
In 2013 Blunck started his season off strong with a third at the North Face Park & Pipe Open Series and then nabbed his first World Cup podium at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain. His smooth and stylie runs earned him a debut invite to X Games Aspen and Tignes. He also earned an invite to FIS World Championships and jumped from 29th to fifth in the AFP World Ranking for 2013.
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