U.S. ath­letes dom­i­nate at Cop­per Moun­tain

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ja­son Blevins Ja­son Blevins: 303-954-1374, jblevins@den­ver­post.com or @ja­son­blevins

COP­PER MOUN­TAIN» The first leg of the road to the PyeongChang Olympics be­gan this week in Cop­per Moun­tain’s per­fectly sculpted half­pipe.

Amer­i­can skiers and snow­board­ers dom­i­nated the sea­son’s first U.S. Grand Prix at Cop­per Moun­tain. kick­ing off a fourevent Olympic qual­i­fy­ing stretch. Four U.S. men and four U.S. women ad­vanced to Fri­day’s ski half­pipe fi­nals. Seven U.S. men and five U.S. women ad­vanced to Satur­day’s snow­board half­pipe fi­nals.

Tues­day, Sochi gold medal­ist David Wise topped the qual­i­fy­ing field of al­most 50 skiers. Win­ter Park 18-year-old Birk Irv­ing, com­pet­ing in one of the big­gest con­tests of his life, qual­i­fied third, fol­lowed by Basalt’s Torin Yater Wal­lace. Crested Butte’s Aaron Blunck also qual­i­fied for the 10-skier fi­nals Fri­day. New Zealand’s Nico Por­te­ous and Beau James Wells, Canada’s Mike Riddle and Si­mon D’Ar­tois and France’s Benoit Valentin also will com­pete in the fi­nals.

Five Amer­i­can women moved on to Fri­day’s eight-skier fi­nals. Sochi vet­eran freeskier Devin Lo­gan, aim­ing to com­pete in both women’s half­pipe and slopestyle in South Korea, fin- ished sec­ond in Tues­day’s qual­i­fy­ing half­pipe con­test. Sochi gold medal­ist Mad­die Bow­man qual­i­fied fourth, fol­lowed by Brita Sigour­ney, An­nal­isa Drew and Carly Mar­gulies, the youngest mem­ber of U.S. Freeski­ing’s half­pipe squad. China’s Kevin Zhang, France’s Marie Martinod and Ger­many’s Sab­rina Cak­makli also will com­pete in Fri­day’s half­pipe fi­nals.

Five Amer­i­can women qual­i­fied for the eight-rider snow­board half­pipe fi­nals Satur­day. Mad­die Mas­tro and Chloe Kim lead their heats. Four-time Olympian Kelly Clark, Steam­boat Sochi vet­eran Arielle Gold and Elana Hight also ad­vanced to fi­nals. China’s Ji­ayu Liu, Ja­pan’s Sena Tomita and France’s Mirabelle Thovex also will com­pete in the eight-rider fi­nals.

Seven Amer­i­can men qual­i­fied for Satur­day’s half­pipe fi­nals. Ore­gon broth­ers Ben and Gabe Ferguson joined Louie Vito and Danny Davis in qual­i­fy­ing in the first heat. The sec­ond heat saw Shaun White, Chase Josey and Greg Bretz move on to the fi­nals, which will in­clude Aus­tralia’s Scotty James and Ja­pan rid­ers Ayumu Hi­rano and Raibu Katayama.

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