Blunck Takes Copper Mountain World Cup Gold
America's Aaron Blunck got his World Cup halfpipe season off to the perfect start with a gold medal on the opening weekend at Copper Mountain.
In a battle dominated by New Zealand and the USA, Kiwi Miguel Porteous drew first blood with an opening run of 93.75, Blunck only registering 82.75.
Colorado's Blunck, 22, then delivered a second run of 96.25 as most others crashed out, a score that would eventually see him to the top of the podium.
Nobody else could change up the order on the third run, leaving Blunck to take gold, Porteous grabbing silver based on his first run and USA's David Wise coming in third – Porteous' younger brother Nico finished up fourth with 88.00.
The women's event was dominated by Estonian Kelly Sildaru, who topped the podium with a score of 93 points from her middle run.
Sildaru's score edged out Canada's Cassie Sharpe, who won Olympic gold in PyeongChang earlier this year, while fellow Canadian Rachael Karker took bronze.