South Lake Tahoe’s Bowman wins Tignes halfpipe, notches second World Cup victory
TIGNES, France — In the last FIS World Cup halfpipe event of the season, Maddie Bowman capped her campaign atop the podium. The South Lake Tahoe native won the women’s event Thursday, March 10, and was one of three Americans to reach the podium after competition in Tignes.
Bowman’s win marked her second World Cup victory on the four-stop tour during the 2015-16 season, and helped her finished third in the overall halfpipe standings behind Ayana Onozuka of Japan and fellow American Devin Logan. It was a dominant win for the Sochi Olympic champion, who landed all three of her runs.
“It feels great to be here in France and ski in front of such an amazing crowd,” Bowman said. “I’m stoked that we’re able to put up such a cool show for all the fans that gathered in Tignes tonight. I’m also very happy to finally finish the season healthy.”
The best run for Bowman scored a 91.00. It featured three different 900s, tons of amplitude and solid grabs from the top to the bottom.
Annalisa Drew of Andover, Massachusetts, finished second in the women’s halfpipe. It was Drew’s first career World Cup podium in her 20th start; and her top run included back-to-back 900s and a 1080 to finish it off.
Logan, who hails from West Dover, Vermont, became the first freeskier (halfpipe/slopestyle/big air) to win the FIS Freestyle Skiing overall crystal globe. She competes in both slopestyle and halfpipe, and was sixth in the halfpipe competition Thursday.
“I’ve been working really hard doing both slopestyle and halfpipe events and I’m feeling like I’m going in the right direction,” Logan said. “Overall I’m in a good spot, so I’m really happy.”
On the men’s side, Lyman Currier of Boulder, Colorado, took second with a score of 94.80 on a best run that featured three consecutive double corks. David Wise of Reno, Nevada, finished just off the podium in fourth while South Lake Tahoe’s Kyle Smaine finished eighth.
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