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Wise, Blunck, world No. 1 advance to men’s ski halfpipe final

Sochi Olympics Freestyle Skiing Men

David Wise of the United States gets air during men’s ski half pipe qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Sergei Grits

David Wise and Aaron Blunck will seek to give Team USA the inaugural Olympic gold in men’s ski halfpipe later in today’s final.

Also making his way into the final was Justin Dorey, the No. 1-ranked halfpipe skier in the world. The Canadian notched the highest score in qualifying with a 91.60 in his first run.

Wise, the 2013 world champion, was second behind Dorey with a score of 88.40 that he got on his first run.

Blunck was the 12th and final competitor to make the final with a 72.00 on his second run; he sat on that bubble spot all through the second round of qualifying.

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Torin Yater-Wallace and Lyman Currier of the U.S. were unable to advance to the main event.

Yater-Wallace had been pegged as a contender, as he won the Sochi test event last year. But he fell on his first run and was unable to cleanly land his last jump in his second run.

The final will see all 12 competitors take two jumps, with the best score standing as their overall score. Blunck will be the first to go in the final, while Wise is next-to-last ahead of Dorey.

WATCH THE FINAL LIVE at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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