After a long road to Sochi that included two consecutive years of season-ending injuries, Brita Sigourney jumped back on the competition circuit just in time to qualify for the inaugural U.S. Olympic halfpipe team. (Getty Images/Doug Pensinger)
American skier Brita Sigourney hit the podium at the first major freeskiing contest of the season, the Dew Tour Breckenridge.
U.S. Freeskiing member Annalisa Drew led the field in superpipe qualifying at Dew Tour Breckenridge.
The final stop of the FIS World Cup halfpipe tour wrapped up under the lights in Tignes, France with David Wise, Alex Ferreira and Brita Sigourney all snagging podium spots and Wise walking away with his first crystal globe.
In a field stocked full of eight world-class freeskiers from countries spanning the world at the 2015 X Games, Maddie Bowman stomped her first run through Buttermilk’s halfpipe to win another gold medal. Brita Sigourney took third.
Maddie Bowman became the first-ever women’s Olympic halfpipe skiing champion Thursday, taking gold in the sport’s debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Athletes completed the final training for halfpipe skiing Monday despite fog at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
Olympians David Wise and Maddie Bowman both grabbed X Games gold at the halfpipe skiing final in Aspen Friday night, just a few weeks before the historic halfpipe skiing debut at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Tonight, 11 athletes were nominated to the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing)
Angeli VanLaanen secured her spot on the first-ever Olympic team for halfpipe skiing Saturday with her win at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix.
Alex Ferreira boosted into second place Friday at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, while Brita Sigourney became the second U.S. woman to secure an Olympic halfpipe team spot and Maddie Bowman took the victory for the women.
Maddie Bowman clinched a nomination to the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team Sunday with a win at the halfpipe final at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face at Breckenridge.
The nation’s leading freeskiing athletes continue the battle for Olympic team spots Jan. 8-12 when the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face heads to Breckenridge for the third of five Olympic qualification events.
Brita Sigourney gained ground on Maddie Bowman in the U.S. Olympic qualification standings after her victory in Friday’s halfpipe final at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix Series presented by The North Face.
Maddie Bowman, Angeli VanLaanen and Brita Sigourney set a high point standard with their U.S. sweep of the women’s halfpipe skiing final at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships, the first-ever Olympic qualification series for halfpipe skiing.
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Brita Sigourney knows how to stage a comeback. After a long road to Sochi that included two consecutive years of season-ending injuries, Sigourney jumped back on the competition circuit just in time to qualify for the inaugural U.S. Olympic halfpipe team. Sigourney kicked off the Olympic qualifying series by landing on the podium for the first two events, including a win at the Copper Grand Prix. On her 24th birthday, Sigourney became the second U.S. woman to secure an Olympic halfpipe spot during the Park City Grand Prix. During the Olympics, she skied strong in the qualifiers, placed second and advanced to finals. Sigourney finished sixth during halfpipe skiing’s debut on the global stage. Sigourney wrapped up the 2014 season by placing second in halfpipe at the SFR tour in France as well as finishing second in the AFP world halfpipe ranking list.
While attending UC Davis, Sigourney balanced her busy collegiate life with club water polo and her ski competition schedule before she realized her passion was skiing. She then dropped water polo and positioned her focus on halfpipe, where in her first full competition year she took home the Junior World Championship title and a silver medal at the U.S. Championships. She continued her hot streak in 2011 with a silver in her X Games halfpipe debut. Her 2012 season proved just as successful with a bronze at her second X Games and two wins at the Visa U.S. Grand Prix at Copper and Mammoth Mountain.
Sigourney suffered a knee injury in 2012 and immediately turned her focus to recovery. She recovered enough to win the Dew Tour in December 2012 but then broke her collarbone and injured her shoulder at the Sochi test event World Cup in February 2013. After undergoing surgery for her shoulder, she learned she had also reinjured her knee. Despite the bad news she was optimistic and dedicated enough to get strong again before the historic Olympic season.
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