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.
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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