Maybe the best U.S. halfpipe skiers aren’t so clear cut.
One week after David Wise and Maddie Bowman won the first Olympic selection event, two different Americans prevailed in Copper Mountain, Colo., on Friday night.
Brita Sigourney had the two highest scores in the women’s competition, winning with 86.60 points. Bowman was second with 83.20 to keep her overall lead in the complicated Olympic selection tiebreaker rankings.
Sigourney, 23 and a two-time Winter X Games medalist, was third in Breckenridge last week. Sigourney and Bowman have met criteria to be selected to the U.S. Olympic Team, but if two more skiers earn two top-three finishes, it will go to tiebreaker rankings.
Aaron Blunck improved from second place in Breckenridge to win in Copper Mountain. Wise didn’t qualify for the final and fell to second in the tiebreaker rankings behind Blunck, who was second last week.
Blunck, 17, won with a second-run score of 92.00, beating French world and X Games champion Kevin Rolland, who was the first-run leader with 90.20. American Gus Kenworthy was third to jump into the Olympic selection event tiebreaker standings.
Up to three halfpipe skiers per gender who have had two top-three results over five Olympic selection events will be named to the Olympic team. If more than three athletes, in either gender, have had two top-three results, the tiebreaker rankings come into play.
A skier’s best two results will be combined to create the rankings. The next Olympic selection event for halfpipe skiing is in Breckenridge in January.
Here are the Olympic selection tiebreaker ranking standings in ski halfpipe after two of five selection events, only counting those with top-three results:
1. Aaron Blunck — 180 (has two top-three results)
2. David Wise — 129
3. Gus Kenworthy — 112
4. Lyman Currier — 105
1. Maddie Bowman — 180 (has two top-three results)
2. Brita Sigourney — 160 (has two top-three results)
3. Angeli VanLaanen — 125