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Bowman, Logan Come Close In Dew Tour But Olympic Qualification Must Wait

By Karen Price | Dec. 15, 2017, 2:07 p.m. (ET)

Maddie Bowman competes in the women's ski superpipe at the Dew Tour on Dec. 13, 2017 in Breckenridge, Colo.


Olympic medalists Maddie Bowman and Devin Logan both had the opportunity to qualify for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Halfpipe Skiing Team with a win at Friday’s Dew Tour stop in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Instead, Canada’s Cassie Sharpe took first place, and the Americans will have to wait.

Bowman, the defending Olympic gold medalist in women’s halfpipe skiing, led briefly after rebounding from a fall early in her first run with a big second run, but Marie Martinod of France and Sharpe pushed Bowman to third place going into the third and final run.

Bowman had a solid final run, but her score of 90.33 was just a slight improvement over the 90.00 she scored on the second run and not enough to overtake Sharpe or Martinod. Sharpe won with a score of 93.66, while Martinod was second with a 92.00, followed by Bowman in third and Logan in fourth place with a score of 83.66.

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Olympic qualifying for women’s halfpipe skiing spans over five events.

In the first event, which took place last February at Mammoth Mountain, California, Bowman placed second and Logan 28th.

Logan, who won an Olympic silver medal in slopestyle in 2014 and is looking to compete in both events in 2018, was second last weekend at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, Colorado, which was the second qualifying event and first of this season. Bowman was fifth at Copper.

The final two qualifying events will be held Jan. 10-12, 2018, at the Grand Prix in Snowmass, Colorado, and Jan. 17-19, 2018, at the Mammoth Grand Prix.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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