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Aaron Blunk Wins World Cup HP at Copper

By Paul Krahulec, 12/17/19, 3:45PM MST

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Under heavy snowfall and after a few powder runs, Aaron Blunck was victorious Friday for the second-consecutive year at the Land Rover U.S. Grand Prix FIS Freeski World Cup at Copper Mountain, Colo.

“I woke up this morning around 5:45, looked outside, and saw it was dumping,” said Aaron. “I told myself I need to get to the hill ASAP.  I ended up getting to Copper in time to go up with the official crew at 7:30 a.m., but I got denied,” he said with a playful smirk. “I ended up sitting around waiting until about 9 a.m. and was on the first chair. It was definitely worth it because I got a few really decent pow laps before the competition, so I can’t complain.”

This isn’t the first time members of the U.S. Freeski Team prepared for the competition with powder runs. Prior to the PyeongChang Olympic games, where David Wise and Alex Ferreira earned the gold and silver respectively, the team enjoyed fresh snow in Aomori Spring Ski Resort in Japan. Although Aaron was clearly excited about skiing powder, it was apparent he was happy to be back in the pipe with his friends. 

“I’m am definitely stoked to be able to go back-to-back at Copper,” He said. “They continue to host a great event. It’s a great start the season on a positive note and to share the podium with David and Noah. It was a hard event, but all the boys were able to put it down.”