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Height
5-8
Weight
150
 

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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.  

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 (as well as) me and my brother. My parents put me out on snow and there I was.” Blunck, a graduate of the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, was a member of the U.S. Freeskiing Halfpipe Rookie Team for a short while before quickly earning a spot on 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 trampolines. 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
7th, HP, Oslo, NOR, 2016
10th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2016
13th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2014
7th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2013
11th, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2013

AFP Rankings
5th, HP, 2016
6th, Overall, 2015
10th, HP, 2015
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, Park CIty, UT, 2016 (also Grand Prix)
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
1st, HP, Park CIty, UT, 2016
3rd, HP, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2016
7th, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2015
8th, HP, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2015
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
5th, HP, SRF Freestyle Tour, FRA, 2016
6th, HP, Audi Winter Games, NZ, 2015
11th, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2015
7th, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenrdige, CO, 2014
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