Not everyone was fully aware of Noah Bowman’s potential prior to the 2012 X Games.
But Bowman, a graduate of the WinSport Academy program and the 2010 world junior champion, made sure they remembered his name when he landed on the podium with a silver medal in the halfpipe ski event at those 2012 Games. He had been named as an alternate, but made the most of his opportunity when the door was opened for him to compete.
“The highlight of that day was my first run in finals,” Bowman said from Aspen, Colo., the site of this weekend’s 2015 X Games. “I landed my first run. The first run wasn’t good enough to get me on the podium, but it was the most relieved and excited I had ever felt in my life – landing my first run in X Games finals. That moment right there was probably the best moment I have ever experienced in skiing.”
Bowman, 22, is scheduled to compete in the men’s halfpipe elimination Friday evening, with hopes of making the finals on Sunday.
“I’m looking to be on the top of the podium this time,” he said. “In 2012, that was a great experience. The last couple of years have been a little frustrating. I just wasn’t quite in a rhythm.”
Bowman was in Calgary two weeks ago when the national slopestyle and halfpipe teams were training at WinSport. He missed most of the camp as he battled concussion symptoms following a crash in December.
He was healthy enough to enjoy the final third of the camp and get in some good training prior to departing for Aspen.
“The skiing I did get was amazing,” he said. “The halfpipe was by far the best it has ever been at WinSport. It was a good thing to see.”
Last season was also spectacular for Bowman, including a silver medal at the WinSport World Cup last January, followed by a fifth-place finish at the Sochi Olympics.
“When I started to get into competitive skiing, halfpipe and slopestyle wasn’t in the Olympics yet,” he said. “It was kind of a far out dream, but it was always in the back of my head – that if I ever had the opportunity to go to the Olympics that I would definitely do everything I could to get there. Once the team was formed and it was a possible goal, then it became my number 1 goal.”
While he would have loved to have made the podium, he’ll never forget the Olympic experience.
“That was amazing. At the time, the fifth place wasn’t what I was looking for. I was bummed at the time,” said Bowman. “But I’ve come to be really happy with that result. I was skiing real well in practice. We got heavy snow for the competition so that made it pretty challenging for everyone. So the runs in general, the competition just wasn’t up to the standard that it normally was.
“Everyone was still able to put down amazing runs. I’m just glad I landed all my runs.”
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