Winter Games Athletes
Blunck has been skiing since he was 18 months old, which is no surprise given his family's rich history in the sport. His mother was a ski instructor and his grandfather founded a skiing school in his hometown of Crested Butte, Colo. Blunck first gained serious attention when he won bronze in the ski halfpipe at the inaugural Youth Winter Olympics in 2010 thanks to an array of eye-popping tricks. He went on to medal five times in various competitions from 2011-12. Blunk got off to a slow start in his World Cup career, placing no higher than 14th in his first three competitions on the circuit, but soon broke through with a second-place finish last January. He proceeded to place in the top five in four of his next five events, earning another second-place finish last August before picking up his first World Cup victory in December. He was a distant 46th at his most recent World Cup event on Jan. 12, but will look to shake off that disappointing result and flash the potential he showed one month earlier when he ended up at the top of the podium.