Blunck, Sigourney edge closer to Olympics in skiing halfpipe

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.