Freeskiing Programs

Bowman Leads U.S. Dew Tour Sweep

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USSA
2013-12-13 11:54
 

BRECKENRIDGE, CO (Dec. 13) – Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA), Angeli VanLaanen (Bellingham, WA) and Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) set a high point standard with their U.S. sweep of the women’s halfpipe skiing final at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships, the first-ever Olympic qualification series for halfpipe skiing. Bowman elevated the level of competition for the first event of the qualification series and put herself in a strong position to be selected to the first U.S. Olympic Freeskiing Team. Next, the women head to Copper Mountain for the Visa U.S. Grand Prix Dec. 20-21, the second Olympic qualifier.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • X Games gold medalist Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA), Angeli VanLaanen (Bellingham, WA) and Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) set a high point standard Friday with their U.S. sweep of the women’s halfpipe skiing final at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships.
  • This weekend opened the first-ever Olympic qualification series for halfpipe skiing, where Bowman elevated the level of competition for the first event of the qualification series and put herself in a strong position to be selected to the first U.S. Olympic Freeskiing Team.
  • To qualify for the Olympics, freeskiing athletes must secure two top-three results, with tiebreakers going to the athlete with the best individual result.
  • In her second and final run, U.S. athlete VanLaanen laid down an ambitious run and knocked Ayana Onozuka of Japan out of her third-place position to claim the second place on the podium, surpassing Sigourney. VanLaanen’s second run secured the podium sweep for the USA.
  • Bowman’s run consisted of a straight-air Japan, right 900, left 540 mute, straight-air mute, cork 900, right 720 and switch 540.
  • The men throw down in the halfpipe skiing qualifier Friday at 5:00 p.m. MST, which can be streamed live at www.dewtour.com.
  • The men’s halfpipe skiing final will air Saturday on NBCSN at 11:00 p.m. MST and the men’s slopestyle final airs live Sunday on NBC at 10:00 a.m. MST. Click here for full TV schedule.
  • Next, the women head to Copper Mountain for the Visa U.S. Grand Prix Dec. 20-21, the second Olympic qualifier.

QUOTES
Maddie Bowman
It feels good. It definitely relieves a lot of stress. These times can be pretty stressful, so I’m happy to be proactive. It’s the first event of the season that I’ve done finals in and it’s great. And for it to be the first Olympic qualifier is even more is awesome. I’m just on top of the clouds right now.

The girls really killed it and I’m so happy to be on the podium with Angeli and Brita. It’s just great. I love them.

Angeli VanLaanen
I’m ecstatic to share the podium with Maddie and Brita today. We’ve all worked really hard this season and it’s phenomenal to see it pay off.

I’m definitely living in the moment but Grand Prix is really close and it’s always in the back of my mind. I’m excited to try and get a few more things ready and give it all I can.

RESULTS
Women’s Final Results

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