South Lake Tahoe native is part of the first-ever U.S. freeskiing Olympic team
Bowman got her skiing start when she was 2-years-old on a small slop at Sierra-at-Tahoe.
Bowman said she tries to live a very active lifestyle outdoors, even when she is not on the slopes.
Bowman, and her brother Alec, are the children of two skiers who also raced in the professional circuit.
I wish everyone had better conditions and we could really see the full potential of everyone, but I’m definitely stoked and I don’t think it’s hit me yet.
I’ve never been in this position, it’s our first Olympics, but it’s pretty exciting. I’ve just been trying to take each competition day by day, not looking at the big ‘O,’ but now that I know I get to compete there so I’m pretty excited.
With all the snow in the pipe it was tough to go big and it was tough to stay positive, but once you figure out one of those two things you’re in good shape.
I don’t think this is going to change things at all going into Park City. I just feel good going into it and I’m excited I get to ski in front of my friends and in front of everyone. It’ll be really cool.
Maddie Bowman of South Lake Tahoe 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.
Her winning run included a Straight-air Japan, unnatural (rightside) 900, straight-air mute, rightside 540, leftside 540 mute, rightside 720 tail and switch 360 mute.
"I wish everyone had better conditions and we could really see the full potential of everyone, but I’m definitely stoked and I don’t think it’s hit me yet," said Bowman after her run.
The next stop on the way to Sochi, Russia is the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix heads to Park City Jan. 17-18 for the final two qualification events.