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)
When you're a little kid in a mountain town, hucking air and dropping into steeps is just what you do.
Aaron Blunck earned his first X Games medal on Friday night and it was golden, while Maddie Bowman earned her eighth overall X Games medal with a bronze-medal finish.
Annalisa Drew (Andover, MA) was second and Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) was third for the ladies, while Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, CO) was third for the men.
The U.S. swept both men’s and women’s halfpipe titles at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Park City on Friday, with Maddie Bowman leading the way for the women and Aaron Blunck earning the top spot for th
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.
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Colorado native Aaron Blunck represented the U.S. at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, finishing seventh in halfpipe skiing and thus cementing his name in freeskiing history. Since the 2014 Winter Games, Blunck has struggled with some injuries but he has also been racking up finals and podium appearances, including a win at the Park City U.S. Grand Prix in February of 2016.
A freeskier from day one on the slopes, that first day came at just 18 months in Crested Butte, CO. He began competing at 8, and by the age of 15 in 2012 Blunck put the freeski world on notice with a bronze medal at the innagural Youth Olympic Games and a third-place finish at the North Face Open. In 2013 he earned his first X Games invite and his performance in the 2014 Grand Prix Olympic qualifying series had him packing his bags for Sochi to represent the U.S. in the first Olympic ski halfpipe event.
After suffering a shoulder seperation in early 2014 and then a debilitating bulged disk in his lower back in 2015, Blunck returned with an exclamation point in 2016, taking third at the Mammoth stop of the U.S. Grand Prix and then going on to win the second stop in Park City. He also finished fifth in the 2016 AFP halfpipe rankings.
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