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Blunck, Sigourney edge closer to Olympics in skiing halfpipe

Gus Kenworthy of the United States, Aaron Blunck of the United States, and Kevin Rolland of France
Aaron Blunck (center) of the United States takes first place at the U.S. Grand Prix.
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COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP)

Aaron Blunck won the U.S. Grand Prix halfpipe skiing contest Friday night to edge closer to a spot at the Olympics.

The 17-year-old from Crested Butte, Colo., scored 92.0 points to add this to a second-place finish at last week's Dew Tour.

Those results at the first two selection events virtually guaranteed him a spot on the U.S. team.

Simon Dumont, the two-time X Games halfpipe champion who pulled out last week with a concussion, finished fifth.

Brita Sigourney won the women's event to move closer to securing her spot, as well. She finished third last week.

Maddie Bowman, who won last week, finished second and is also in good position for one of the three women's spots on the U.S. team.

In slopestyle, 15-year-old Maggie Voisin posted the best score in qualifying. She'll go last in Saturday's final, hoping to add to a third-place finish on her birthday last week.

Germany's Lisa Zimmerman finished second and American Greta Eliassen was third in qualifying on a snowy, windblown day that was tough on some top contenders.

American Devin Logan and Canadian Kim Lamarre, who finished 1-2 last week, each failed to make finals.

Logan, who is also trying to qualify in halfpipe, finished fourth in that final.

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