It’s official. Aaron Blunck has been selected for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Halfpipe Team.
The pressure was on going into the final run of the Grand Prix at Park City. Blunck had fallen on his first run. Lyman Currier, Gus Kenworthy, and Alex Ferreria, all on Blunck’s heels in the qualifier standings, had stomped clean runs. He was in very real danger of losing the spot that had once seemed locked down.
In the biggest spot in his budding career, Blunck delivered. Multiple doubles, solid grabs, and consistent amplitude landed him a score of 92.00 and second place, only .6 behind countryman Lyman Currier.
Although there are some spots still up for grabs, the U.S. team so far consists of David Wise, Aaron Blunck, Lyman Currier, and Gus Kenworthy. Kenworthy, of Telluride, also earned himself a spot on the U.S. Slopestyle team as well. On a somber note, best wishes to Simon Dumont, who had to forego his second run with a torn A.C.L.
Aaron’s 2nd place run takes place at 1:37:45. Lyman Currier’s 1st place at 00:33:30. Gus Kenworthy’s 3rd place at 00:46:10.