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3 Colorado skiers qualify for men's halfpipe final at Olympics

Aaron Blunck earned the top score in qualifying, while defending silver medalist Alex Ferreira and Birk Irving also scored spots in the final at the Beijing Olympics

BEIJING, China — Three Coloradan skiers will compete for the gold after qualifying for the men's freeski halfpipe finals at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Aaron Blunck, Birk Irving and Alex Ferreira all succeeded in scoring in the top 12 during the qualifying event, along with fellow American David Wise.

Blunck earned to top spot in qualifying by scoring a 92, Iriving finished third with an 89.75 and Ferreira got 84.25, which was good enough for seventh. Wise finished just behind Irving in fourth with an 89.

The skiers who qualify will compete for a medal in the the halfpipe finals, which are scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. MST Friday.

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Ferreira, 27, from Aspen, is defending a silver medal he earned in the same event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Blunck, 25, is from Crested Butte. The three-time Olympian made his debut at the 2014 games in Sochi. He took gold in the halfpipe at the 2017 world championships.

Irving, 22, from Winter Park is competing in his first Olympics. He placed third in the halfpipe at the 2021 world championships.

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Second-place finisher Alex Ferreira, celebrates on the podium following the men's U.S. Grand Prix freestyle halfpipe skiing event Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Birk Irving, of United States, makes a run on the halfpipe Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, during the U.S. Grand Prix freestyle skiing finals at Copper Mountain, Colo. (AP Photo/Hugh Carey)


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