Men's Freestyle Skiing Results Olympics 2018: Halfpipe Qualifying Scores

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2018

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20:  Aaron Blunck of the United States competes during the Freestyle Skiing Men's Ski Halfpipe Qualification on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 20, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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Aaron Blunck wrapped up qualifying with the highest score in the men's freestyle skiing halfpipe on Monday (dates/times ET) in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Blunck earned a 94.40 on his second run to climb to the top of the leaderboard. NBC Olympics shared a replay of his nearly flawless effort:

NBC Olympics @NBCOlympics

Aaron it out! β›·οΈπŸŒ¬οΈ @TeamUSA's @Aaron_Blunck laid down a strong run in men's freeski halfpipe to qualify for the final with a score of 94.40! #WinterOlympics https://t.co/VEQMnMRiaR https://t.co/q6zI05o82K

Four-time Winter X Games gold medalist Simon Dumont congratulated Blunck:

Simon Dumont @SimonDumont06

Way to deal with the pressure @Aaron_Blunck

The 21-year-old was one of four Americans who advanced to Wednesday's final, with Alex Ferreira, Torin Yater-Wallace and David Wise joining him. Team USA shared how each of the four finished:

U.S. Olympic Team @TeamUSA

Well, the #freestyleskiing halfpipe final is going to be fun. All four #TeamUSA athletes advance at the 2018 #WinterOlympics! https://t.co/DCor2A80YE

Wise earned gold in this event in 2014, but he had a stressful qualification. He fell on his first run, which meant he needed to put something big together in order to secure himself a place in the top 12.

Although his overall score of 79.60 sent him climbing up the leaderboard, Wise still had to wait and see if the number would hold up. Only when four more skiers remained was he assured a berth in the final.

Neither Ferreira nor Yater-Wallace dealt with similar drama. Their highest scores came on their first qualifying runs, which allowed them to take it easy when they hit the halfpipe a second time.

In addition to Wise, 2014 silver medalist Mike Riddle and bronze medalist Kevin Rolland moved on to the final. Rolland (87.80) finished one spot ahead of Riddle (82.80) in sixth place.

The fact the scores reset after qualifying will be a great equalizer for Wise, Riddle and Rolland as they pursue a second trip to the Olympic medal podium.

And with Americans representing a third of the field in the final, the United States is in a great position to add at least another medal to its overall tally in 2018.