Aaron Blunck won the halfpipe gold medal at the FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain. (Getty Images-David Ramos)
SIERRA NEVADA, Spain (March 18, 2017) — Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, CO) capped off a huge season with a halfpipe victory at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Spain on Saturday night. Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) also earned a halfpipe medal, earning bronze for the ladies.
“I could not be more stoked,” Blunck said of his win. “This is the best season I’ve ever had and it’s been like a dream come true for me. I’ve just wanted to have as much fun as possible and this season it feels like that’s all it’s been.”
Aaron Blunck skied to the gold medal in the men’s halfpipe at the FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships. (Getty Images-David Ramos)
Blunck was joined on the podium by Mike Riddle of Canada in second and France’s Kevin Rolland in third. Americans David Wise (Reno, NV) and Birk Irving (Winter Park, CO) just missed the podium, finishing fourth and fifth respectively. Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) was 10th.
Logan, who is a rare double threat in freeskiing, also competed in the slopestyle qualifiers on Saturday, earning a ticket to the final on Sunday. She laid down a great run on her third pass that earned a podium-worthy score.
Marie Martinod of France (left) won the silver, Ayana Onozuka of Japan (center) won the gold and Devin Logan took the bronze. (Getty Images-David Ramos)
Ayana Onozuka of Japan won for the ladies and Marie Martinod of France was second.
Annalisa Drew (Andover, MA) also had a good showing, finishing just off the podium in fourth. Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, CA) was right behind her in fifth and Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) was ninth.
Devin Logan skied to the halfpipe bronze medal at the FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships. (Getty Images-David Ramos)
Aaron Blunck won gold for the men. His second run scored 91.80: switch left double cork 900 Japan, switch right double cork 1080 Japan, left 900 tail, right double cork 1260 tail.
Devin Logan earned bronze for the ladies. Her third run scored 84.20: right 540 Japan, left 540 tail, left alley-oop safety, left 720 safety, switch left alley-oop flat 540.
QUOTES Aaron Blunck I could not be more stoked. This is the best season I’ve ever had and it’s been like a dream come true for me. I’ve just wanted to have as much fun as possible and this season it feels like that’s all it’s been.
I was super excited to land that first run. As the night went on it got faster and icier and scarier in there, so to get that first one down was big. But the crews here in Sierra Nevada did a great job to get the pipe to the condition it was in tonight.