By Raisa Bruner
February 20, 2018

In 2014, skier Maddie Bowman was one of the golden girls of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Literally: she nabbed a gold medal for her runs in the women’s freestyle ski halfpipe.

But at Sunday’s event at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, Bowman ended up falling on all three of her runs down the halfpipe, failing to defend her prior dominance and Sochi gold.

Instead, Canada’s Cassie Sharpe took the top spot, followed by France’s Marie Martinod with a silver medal. And Bowman’s American teammate Brita Sigourney, competing in her second Olympic appearance, ended up winning bronze. Another member of Team USA, Annalisa Drew, came in fourth. Bowman ultimately placed 11th.

After 2014, Bowman had remained a champion in the field and was largely the favorite contender for this year’s Olympics, as she’s won the X Games in five of the past six years. (PyeongChang bronze medalist Sigourney recently came second behind Bowman in the Aspen X Games just last month.)

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