Aaron Blunck of Denver, Colorado won the gold medal in men's halfpipe skiing on Saturday from the 2017 World Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding Championships from Sierra Nevada, Spain. For Blunck, it was his first World Championship medal of his career. He finished in sixth place in the men's halfpipe skiing event at the 2013 World Freestyle Skiing Championships in Oslo, Norway.
It was however Blunck's second major international victory of the season. He also won the gold medal in men's superpipe skiing at the 2017 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado in January.
Blunck posted a score of 91.8 points. Canadian Olympic silver medalist Mike Riddle of Edmonton, Alberta won the silver medal with a score of 89.6 points. Reigning Olympic bronze medalist Kevin Rolland of France won the bronze medal with a score of 88.4 points.
Blunck earned a podium spot over his American teammate, David Wise by 4.8 points. Wise of Reno, Nevada, who won the gold medal in the men's halfpipe skiing event at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, finished in fourth place with a score of 87 points. It should be noted that Reno, Nevada cannot be confused with Sierra Nevada, Spain.
The medal performances for Blunck and Riddle will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.