Tahoe Olympic ski and snowboarders Jamie Anderson, Maddie Bowman and Hannah Teter back at it this weekend
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort’s Olympic gold medal freeskiing and snowboarding trio will be back at it this weekend. Freeskier Maddie Bowman, and snowboarders Hannah Teter and Jamie Anderson will each return to competition. Bowman and Teter will be in Mammoth for the first stop on the annual freeskiing and snowboarding U.S. Grand Prix. Anderson is in Switzerland for the LAAX OPEN.
For Anderson and Bowman, it will be their first competition since returning from injuries.
“I feel stoked,” Anderson said in an email to the Tahoe Tribune, “happy, healthy, strong and excited to shred.”
Coming off of a win at New Zealand’s Winter Games last August, the 10-time X Games medalist broke her collarbone just prior to the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado, last December. The injury required surgery to reset the bone with a metal plate and eight screws.
“It’s nice to have some time off, even if it’s due to an injury,” Anderson said. “I always feel really motivated after not riding for a bit.”
For her part, Bowman will be making her first return to competition since tearing her ACL in March 2015.
“My knee feels super good, which is a huge relief after 10 months of rehab,” Bowman said.
The Sochi Olympic gold medalist and Tahoe native, was back in the half pipe in Park City, Utah, earlier this month for U.S. Freeskiing team training.
Teter was also in Park City recently for U.S. Snowboarding team training and said she’s eager get back to competition. A slight hand drag at Dew Tour caused the three-time Olympian to barely miss finals in December.
“Training camp at Park City went really well,” Teter said in a phone interview this week. Looking ahead to competition she added, “If I can just lay it down and keep it clean, I think I’ll be right up there.”
The long-time X Gamer and Meyers resident credited Tahoe’s strong early season for bringing back some of her passion for snowboarding.
“It’s weird to say I feel better than ever, but I definitely do.”
Teter is scheduled to participate in Grand Prix snowboard halfpipe qualifiers Friday, Jan. 22.
Apparently not missing a beat, Bowman took second in women’s freeskiing halfpipe qualifiers Thursday, Jan. 21. She will compete in Saturday’s finals at Mammoth.
Snowboard finals are scheduled for Sunday. Portions of the competition will be broadcast on NBC and NBCSN Sunday, Jan. 24, starting at 11 a.m. Rebroadcasts will air on Tuesday night, Jan. 26, at 10 p.m. on NBCSN and Saturday, Jan. 30, at noon on NBC.
Anderson was scheduled to compete in the LAAX OPEN women’s snowboarding slopestyle semifinals Thursday, results were not available at press time.
The Swiss competition is streaming online at Open.laax.com through the weekend. Women’s slopestyle finals are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23.
Bowman and Anderson both plan to compete in the X Games in Aspen, Colorado, later this month. Bowman won gold in skier halfpipe at last year’s event and Anderson took silver in snowboarding slopestyle. Teter — a six-time X Games and two-time Olympic medalist — said she is currently first alternate for the women’s snowboard halfpipe.
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