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February 20. 2014 11:04PM

Bowman puts halfpipe on the map


Annalisa Drew is shown on her second run in ladies' ski halfpipe during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. (Nathan Bilow-USA TODAY Sports)

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia — Maddie Bowman called on a lifetime of experience on skis to quell her jitters and dominate the inaugural women’s freestyle halfpipe event at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Thursday.

The South Lake Tahoe, Calif. woman, who first strapped on a pair of skis at the age of two, continued her fairytale season as she added the Olympic title to the X Games gold she won in January.

“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 would probably handle it,” a beaming Bowman told reporters.

“After getting that first run down, it takes a lot of pressure off and then you can really just go for it and I was happy that it worked out.”

Her nose ring shining under the floodlights, Bowman looked back over two runs that, although not perfect, were unmatched on the night for their ambition and execution.

In perfect conditions, her first run in the final featured two spins through 900 degrees, first left, then right to immediately take control of the contest.

“I was happy that I laid down my run,” added the 20-year-old. “I didn’t know what the judges were going to do with it, but I didn’t care. I was happy to land two runs at the Olympics, that was cool.”

Annalisa Drew, who skis out of Loon Mountain in Lincoln, N.H., finished ninth overall.


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