Maddie Bowman competes in the final at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix on Jan. 19, 2018 in Mammoth, Calif.
With the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 looming, Maddie Bowman took on a stacked field and walked away with her fifth X Games superpipe skiing gold medal on Thursday in Aspen, Colorado.
The defending Olympic halfpipe champion scored a 92.0 on her second of three runs to take the lead and held on for the victory and her fifth gold medal in the last seven years.
“Crazy night, I’m stoked,” she told former world slopestyle skiing champion Tom Wallisch, reporting for ESPN. “This is the best. It’s been a rough last year and I’m happy to be back here.”
Bowman now has nine X Games medals in superpipe, including two silvers and two bronzes. This was her 10th appearance at the X Games.
The 23-year-old qualified for the Olympics earlier this month thanks to her two podium finishes in the first three Olympic qualifying events.
The X Games continue through Sunday with several top Olympians expected to compete, including two-time Olympic halfpipe snowboarding gold medalist Shaun White, defending Olympic slopestyle snowboarding gold medalist Jamie Anderson, defending Olympic halfpipe skiing gold medalist David Wise and three-time Olympic halfpipe snowboarding medalist Kelly Clark, among others.