Quest for Gold: Maddie Bowman

Quest for Gold: Maddie Bowman
February 5, 2014, 2:45 pm
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Ski halfpipe is making its Olympic debut; Maddie Bowman is the reigning Winter X Games champion. (USATSI)

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As freeski halfpipe prepares to make its debut at the 2014 Winter Games, its athletes are getting ready to make their debut as well. With every new Olympic event comes a new group of athletes that you may not know about. Meet Maddie Bowman.

Maddie Bowman is just a year out of high school who had a coming out party in 2012 when she earned silver in halfpipe at the Winter X Games, and followed that up in 2013 with a gold. The South Lake Tahoe, Calif., native had skiing, and overall athletics, in her blood. She’s the daughter of two former professional skiers, and also played soccer in high school, where she was part of two state championship soccer teams.

Bowman spoke with NBCOlympics.com about freeski halfpipe’s inaugural Olympics, MMA training, Mulan and her lucky underwear.

What was your reaction when you found out freeski halfpipe would become an Olympic event?
I was at my home in Lake Tahoe when it was announced. I was like ‘wow that’s really cool, maybe I can do that’ but then it kind of left my mind and didn’t think about it again. Then all of a sudden it was all in my face, like ‘wow maybe it’s a possibility.'

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