ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 20) – Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) became the first-ever women’s Olympic halfpipe skiing champion Thursday, taking gold in the sport’s debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Bowman boosted to the top spot with her first run, and then extended her lead in a second round that saw Marie Martinod of France earn silver and Ayana Onozuka of Japan bronze. All four U.S. women advanced to the final and you can catch them all on NBC’s Primetime Olympic coverage at 8:00 p.m. EST Thursday or on NBCOlympics.com.
- Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) became the first-ever women’s Olympic halfpipe skiing champion Thursday, taking gold in the sport’s debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
- Bowman boosted to the top spot with her first run score of 85.80 and then extended her lead with a massive final run, scoring an 89.00. Bowman now has Olympic gold to add to her X Games collection, which includes two gold, one silver and one bronze as well as a 2013 AFP World Tour halfpipe title.
- All four Team USA athletes advanced to the final, and Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) went on to finish sixth after crashing hard during her first run.
- Annalisa Drew (Andover, MA) put down a solid first run, which included one of the night’s only 1080s. She fell during her second run while attempting a 1260 and finished ninth.
- Angeli VanLaanen (Bellingham, WA) couldn’t put her run to her feet and finished 11th.
- Marie Martinod of France earned silver in the historic final and Ayana Onozuka of Japan took bronze.
- Bowman’s winning run: Straight-air Japan, rightside 900, leftside 540 mute, straight-air mute, leftside cork 900, rightside 720 and switch 720.
- Catch Team USA in the historic halfpipe debut on NBC’s Primetime Olympic coverage at 8:00 p.m. EST Thursday or on NBCOlympics.com.
I feel like this isn’t real. I think I was pretty shocked when it happened, and happy and excited and all of the emotions. This is pretty surreal. 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.
I grew up looking up to Sarah (Burke) and watching her ski. 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.
There really wasn’t any more pressure than any other final. I just knew that I had to land my run again that I did in qualifiers, but definitely with that first run hit I was feeling a little beat up.