Following a burly storm that brought a whopping 16 inches of snow and single-digit temperatures, the first Toyota U.S. Grand Prix of the season went down at Copper Mountain today. Athletes from all over showed up ready to charge—it’s the first Grand Prix qualifier for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea—and the competition was understandably fierce.
Two events went down at the Colorado resort’s 22-foot pipe: men’s halfpipe and women’s halfpipe. On the men’s side, Frenchman Kevin Rolland took the win with an impressive 94.20 on his third and final run. In second was Benoit Valentin, another Frenchman, who was close behind Rolland with a 92.40. Rounding out the podium was American and Crested Butte, Colorado local Aaron Blunck, who scored an 87.00. (See full results, here.)
All photos, below, by Chip Proulx.
The French domination continued on the women’s side with a big win from Marie Martinod, who threw down an 88.60. Behind her were two Americans—Annalisa Drew and Devin Logan—with scores of 85.50 and 83.20, respectively. (See full results, here.)
Next stop on the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix Tour: Solitude, Utah—going down January 20-22, 2017. While you wait, browse through more action shots, below, and stay tuned to Freeskier.com for high-flying video coverage from Copper.