Sochi 2014: Shades of Sarah Burke as Bowman wins first ski halfpipe gold
Sochi 2014: X Games champion Maddie Bowman matches fellow American David Wise by winning halfpipe skiing
Two-times X Games champion Maddie Bowman put in a superb display to win the inaugural ladies’ ski halfpipe gold in Sochi.
The 20-year-old recorded the best score in the field on each run, with her second score of 89.00 ensuring that the United States swept the golds in the debuting Olympic event following David Wise’s win on Tuesday.
“I don’t think it’s possible to put this into words. I am so happy. It’s crazy,” said Bowman.
She was an amazing skier and an amazing person. I think every girl here would embody that
Maddie Bowman on Sarah Burke
Bowman emphasised how important it is for half pipe to finally be included in the Winter Games, and reflected on Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who tragically died in a training accident in 2012.
“I think her lasting legacy is just to go out, ski as hard as you can, enjoy what you do and love life.
“Sarah did that. She was an amazing skier and an amazing person. I think every girl here would embody that.”
Marie Martinod, who came out of retirement two years ago, took the silver to bring France’s freestyle skiing medal tally to five, while Japan’s Ayana Onozuka won bronze.
Swiss world champion Virginie Faivre could only manage fourth as she finished out of the medals, with many riders suffering heavy falls at The Rosa Khutor Extreme Park .
Great Britain’s Emma Lonsdale failed to make the final run after finished 14th in qualification. The 29-year-old subsequently announced her retirement from the sport.
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