Maddie Bowman Gold In First-Ever Women’s Ski Halfpipe

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 20, 2014 10:53 am

Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, CA) takes home the gold for Team USA in the first-ever Olympic debut of Women’s Ski Halfpipe!  The American freeskier claimed gold in the inaugural event after putting down the two highest scoring runs of the night. France’s Marie Martinod took silver and Japan’s Ayana Onozuka took bronze.

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Maddie Bowman celebrates a gold medal winning run in Sochi. Photo: NBC Olympics 

“This is pretty surreal,” said Bowman. “I was pretty shocked when it happened, and happy and excited and all of the emotions. This doesn’t happen every day. It only happens every four years and this is the first time it’s ever happened for our sport. It’s pretty crazy.

“I was a little jittery before my first run. It’s a big stage, but I felt the same way at X Games so I knew that I could probably handle it. After getting that first run down it takes a lot of pressure off and then you can really just go for it.

“All the girls came out here and showed the world who we are and what we do. I think everyone should be proud of that tonight because this is the first time a lot of people in this world have seen what we do and exactly why we love it.”

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Maddie Bowman Olympic run included two 900′s and a switch 700. Photo: @briheart_radio Instagram

Bowman’s win completes an American sweep of gold in the debut of freeski halfpipe after David Wise won the men’s competition.

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Team USA with gold, France’s Marie Martinod took silver and Japan’s Ayana Onozuka took bronze. Photo: NBC Olympics 

Give thanks to the late Sarah Burke who fought and pioneered the way for the women’s ski halfpipe to be an event in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

“I grew up looking up to Sarah (Burke) and watching her ski,” said gold medalist, Maddie Bowman. “I met her for my first time at X Games and it was the coolest moment of my life. She was a hero in my eyes and she still is. Sarah has inspired us on snow and off snow, and I think she would have been proud of how all the girls rode tonight. I sure hope I, and everyone else, made her proud because we would not be here without her.”

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Freestyle Skiing Ladies’ Ski Halfpipe
The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Run 1
Run 2
United StatesMaddie Bowman
FranceMarie Martinod
JapanAyana Onozuka
SwitzerlandVirginie Faivre
New ZealandJanina Kuzma