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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Strong Showing for U.S. Men at 2022 Olympic Halfpipe Venue

By Jenn Sheridan
December, 21 2019
podium in china
Americans Aaron Blunk (left) and Lyman Currier (right) on the podium with Canadian Noah Bowman (center) at the Secret Garden halfpipe finals in China. (FIS Freestyle - Buchholz)

The future venue of the 2021 Freeski World Championships and the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games, The Secret Garden halfpipe proved to be favorable to the U.S. men who took four of the top-five finishes with Aaron Blunck and Lyman Currier on the podium in second and third, respectively.  It was a close one, but it was the cleanest run of the day that took the top spot with Canadian Noah Bowman in first place.

“It was a great experience over here," said Aaron clearly riding high from a good day. "Getting to ski in China is something I never thought I would do so the whole week I was just stoked to be out here. To get on the podium was just the cherry on top. It’s going to be a great venue for 2022.” 

After a rough first couple of runs, Aaron laced it all together on his final run landing him back on the podium.

Aaron Blunk in the halfpipe at Secret Garden
Aaron Blunk at the Secret Garden halfpipe finals in Secret Garden, China (Buchholz/FIS Freeski.)

For Lyman, getting back on the podium has been a long time coming following an ACL injury in 2014 but the hard work and dedication are paying off.

“It felt so surreal to get back on the podium after multiple seasons of trying to get back to where I was," said Lyman. "I finally feel like I found my confidence again and can put all the doubts that were in the back of my mind behind me. I’m so stoked with how I skied and I’m working to ski even better."

U.S. Freeski members Birk Irving, Jaxin Hoerter and Taylor Seaton each pieced together an impressive run to round out fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively. Hunter Hess landed in eighth and rookie Samson Schuiling finished in tenth place. Meanwhile, on the women’s side, Devin Logan landed in sixth place.

Trick List
Bowman - right 360 stalefish, switch left dub 1080 safety, right 1080 tail, switch left 540 high safety, switch left dub 900 high safety

Blunck - switch left dub 900 japan, switch right dub 1080 japan, left dub flat 900 japan, right dub 1440, switch right ally-oop 720 high safety

Currier - switch left 720 truck, left dub 1260 safety, left dub 1260 mute, right 900 truck driver, left 900 tail, left ally-oop 720 nose grab

Men's Results
Women's Results