January 14, 2013

Blunck Takes Second at Copper Grand Prix, Earns Spot at X Games


Crested Butte Olympic hopeful Aaron Blunck made an enormous statement this Friday, taking second at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper.  Despite horrible weather conditions, Blunck’s put down a run that included a huge double cork 1260. 

Photo: Torin Yater-Wallace

Photo: Matt Sklar Media

Photo: Matt Sklar Media

“I can’t believe it,” Blunck said of his podium.  “I was just so happy to have made finals that I didn’t know what to do except go have fun.”  Not only is this the best result of Aaron’s blossoming career, it is important on two levels.  First, Aaron earned points towards qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team in Sochi 2014.  Second, Aaron earned a spot at Winter X Games in Aspen in less then two weeks.  “I am speechless.  I have never been so excited in my life.”

Canadian Mike Riddle won the event with a dominating score of 90.2, laying down a run with consistently large airs throughout his run.  American David Wise finished the podium in third.  On the women’s side, Maddie Bowman took first, with Roz Groenwoud and Brita Sigourney rounding out the podium.

Blunck is currently in Whistler competing in the second stop of the North Face Park and Pipe Open Series before he returns to Colorado for X Games.  This is Blunck’s second podium of the season.

Thanks to Matt Sklar for the sick shot.  Check out his website at

About the Author

1. Ed Dujardin
After moving out west for college, Ed took summer school so he could spend winters in Crested Butte. These days, he coaches the Western State Colorado University Freeride Team, and spends as much time as he can fishing the incredible rivers of the area.