Maddie Bowman

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Halfpipe

athlete info

  • DATE OF BIRTH: January 10, 2015
  • NATIONALITY: USA
  • BOOT: KR Chakra I.D.
  • BIO: South Lake Tahoe native Maddie Bowman burst onto the halfpipe scene in 2012, and two years later into the history books by winning the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women’s halfpipe skiing. It’s safe to say that for 20-year-old Bowman, 2014 will be a year to remember for the rest of her life.

claim of fame

Four-time X Games Medalist (three gold, one silver)
2014 Olympic Winter Games, 1st in women's halfpipe (gold)
Three-time World Cup medalist (two gold, one bronze)
2012, Ranked 2nd in Halfpipe by Association of Freeskiing Professionals
2012, NorAm Cup Champion
2012, Dew Tour Champion, Killington, VT
2012, Dew Tour bronze medalist, Snowbasin, Utah
2011, U.S. bronze medalist
2010, U.S. bronze medalist

interview of Maddie Bowman

Your parents are skiers. How early did you start?

When I was two. And then I switched over to racing when I was 13.

Which skiers do you look to for inspiration?

Growing up, I looked up to Sarah Burke, and I still look up to her today. I definitely look up to Brita Segornie because we travel everywhere together and I kinda follow her around. I look up to Wing Tai Barrymore, he’s a great skier. It’s terrifying to watch him, but he’s really good at pipe.

Do you think that your alpine background has something to do with your more technical style?

I definitely think that people who come from a mogul background grow up with style being a [factor], whereas once you switch over from racing it’s something you have to learn … it’s something I’m still learning.

Outside of skiing you live a very active lifestyle. What is your most used piece of gear not related to skiing?

My mountain bike. I have a women’s Giant, it’s white. I had a Santa Cruz Superlight but it got stolen, so I bought this new Giant. I took it out on my first ride, its big debut, and it was so cool. I love it.

Did you always plan on going to the olympics?

No, [since half-pipe] wasn't a reality for us until two years ago. The X games and Dew Tour were the big [competitions].

What was the your favorite trick to see thrown in the pipe in Sochi while watching the other competitors?

Joss Christiansen’s triple on the last jump for slopestyle was my favorite trick to watch. It was cool, and he made it look easy! It wasn’t like a hucked triple, it was a sick triple, and it ended his run with a big ‘bam’ and it was really cool.

Maddie Bowman’s choice
KR Chakra I.D.

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