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5-8
Weight
150
 

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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.

AARON SAYS
This past season has been a season to remember! It started off with a big podium in New Zealand then a podium in Dew Tour followed by the biggest win of my life at the Copper Grand Prix. After a few more events, I ended up making the first-ever U.S. Olympic halfpipe team! It was the coolest thing that I have ever done, and I will always remember being named to the team. 

I am really looking forward to next season and competing and hopefully doing some film projects! I can't wait for a little less stressful schedule and being out of high school! 

FIRST TRACKS
It’s no secret that skiing runs in Blunck’s blood. He started out on skis at 18 months old in Crested Butte, Colorado. Both his Mom and Grandpa were ski instructors. Blunck says, “My Grandpa started the ski school in Crested Butte, which got my mom into skiing and me and my brother. My parents put me out on snow and there I was.” Blunck, a member of the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, was a member of the U.S. Freeskiing Halfpipe Rookie Team for a short while before quickly moving up to the pro team.

OFF THE SNOW
When Blunck’s not making turns, he likes to hang out with his friends, play soccer, play baseball and bounce on tramps. He says, “I also like to try and play basketball, but I am not very good at it.”

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS
Teams: 2014
7th, HP, Sochi, RUS, 2014

X GAMES
13th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2014
7th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2013
11th, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2013

AFP Rankings
4th, Overall, 2014
2nd, HP, 2014
4th, Overall, 2013
5th, HP, 2013
17th, Overall, 2012
29th, HP, 2012

FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Teams: 2013
6th, HP, Voss, NOR, 2013

FIS WORLD CUPS
1st, HP, Copper, CO, Dec 2013 (also Grand Prix)
2nd, HP, Cardrona, New Zealand, 2013
2nd, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013
5th, HP, Park City, UT, 2013
12th, HP, Sochi Olympic Test event, Russia, 2013

U.S. GRAND PRIX
2nd, HP, Park City, UT, 2014
5th, HP, Park City, UT, 2014
1st, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, Dec. 2013
2nd, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013

OTHER
2nd, HP, The Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, Dec. 2013
5th, HP, The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013
5th, HP, The North Face New Zealand Freeski Open, Cardrona, New Zealand, 2013
1st, HP, Aspen/Snowmass Freeskiing Open, Aspen, CO, 2013
1st, HP, USASA Nationals, Copper Mountain, CO, 2012
2nd, HP, Gatorade FreeFlow Tour, Brighton, UT, 2012
2nd, HP, USSA Revolution Tour, Copper Mountain, CO, 2012
2nd, HP, USSA Junior Nationals, Steamboat Springs, CO, 2012
Bronze, HP, Youth Olympic Games, Kuehtai, AUT, 2012
3rd, HP, The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series, Copper Mountain, CO, 2012
4th, HP, The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series, Whistler, BC, 2013
4th, HP, USSA Revolution Tour, Otsego, MI, 2012
4th, HP, Aspen/Snowmass Open, Aspen, CO, 2012