Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) clinched a nomination to the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team Sunday with a win in the halfpipe final at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face at Breckenridge. Adverse weather at the venue forced FIS officials to reschedule the finals twice, and snow fell on the halfpipe while Bowman, Ayana Onozuka of Japan and Aussie Amy Sheehan laid down the top runs of the day. Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) and Annalisa Drew (Andover, MA) finished just shy of the podium in fourth and fifth, putting Bowman in an unbeatable position in the qualification standings. Next, the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix heads to Park City Jan. 17-18 for the final two qualification events.
Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing
Women’s podium (l-r): Ayana Onozuka (JPN). Maddie Bowman (USA) and Amy Sheehan (AUS)
Halfpipe - 2014 Visa Freeskiing Grand Prix at Breckenridge, Colorado