Freeskiing

7 Americans Qualify to Olympic Test Event Finals

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USSA
2017-02-16 11:28
 

BOKWANG PHOENIX PARK, South Korea (Feb. 18, 2017) – The FIS halfpipe World Cup Tour culminates this week with the official test event for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The qualification round was held on Thursday, with U.S. Freeskiing advancing seven athletes to the final.


Torin Yater-Wallace qualified first. (Getty Images-Cameron Spencer)

Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) led the charge for the Americans, grabbing the top qualifying spot for the men, with good friend Alex Ferreira (Aspen, CO) right behind him in second. Colorado skiers dominated qualifiers with Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, CO) and Taylor Seaton (Avon, CO) also scoring passes to the final. Yater-Wallace, Blunck and Seaton are fresh off an American podium sweep at the most recent World Cup event, the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain.


Aaron Blunck took a spot in the finals. (Getty Images-Cameron Spencer)

The American ladies also had an excellent showing on Thursday, qualifying three to the six-woman final. Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) took the top spot for the Americans in second. She will be joined in the final by Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) and Annalisa Drew (Andover, MA).


Annalisa Drew skis to pipe finals. (Getty Images-Cameron Spencer)

Finals for the halfpipe are scheduled for Saturday, 1:30 p.m. local time at Bokwang Phoenix Park. Stream the event live at 11:30 p.m. ET Friday on NBCsports.com/live.


Alex Ferreira skis the Olympic pipe. (Getty Images-Cameron Spencer)

Highlights

  • The final stop of the FIS World Cup halfpipe tour will also serve as the official Olympic test event for the 2018 Olympic Games.
  • American men Torin Yater-Wallace, Alex Ferreira, Aaron Blunck and Taylor Seaton all qualified for Saturday’s final.
  • American women Devin Logan, Brita Sigourney and Annalisa Drew all qualified for the final.
  • NBCsports.com/live will have live streaming of the finals on Friday night at 11:30 p.m. ET.

Results
Men’s halfpipe qualifiers
Women’s halfpipe qualifiers