Maddie Bowman became the first-ever women’s Olympic halfpipe skiing champion Thursday, taking gold in the sport’s Olympic debut. (Franck Fife/Getty Images)
It’s been just three years since the USSA formed a new sport, U.S. Freeskiing, with the IOC following suit in adding halfpipe and slopestyle skiing to the Olympic program. Tonight, under the lights in the HAM Stadium at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Maddie Bowman joined teammate David Wise as an Olympic Champion – sweeping halfpipe titles. That combined with the men’s slopestyle sweep and Devin Logan’s silver gave U.S. Freeskiing an impressive six of 12 medals awarded in the two events.
World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin, Resi Stiegler, Megan McJames and Julia Ford battle for the Olympic slalom title Friday.
The final cross country skiing events will be the women’s 30k freestyle race on Saturday with the men’s 50k freestyle race Sunday.
Team USA finished sixth in the team Gundersen large hill 4x5k competition, the final nordic combined event.
The four-man team, including six-time Olympian Todd Lodwick in the final competition of his career, jumped into eighth place on the large hill and then gained two spots during the cross country race.
Veteran Billy Demong led the USA in the jumping round, anchored the team in the final leg of the cross country race and then posted the fastest time for the USA, passing the Czech team to finish sixth.
Brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher rounded out the American team with solid jumps and competitive racing, showcasing the future of the U.S. Nordic Combined Team.
Snowboarding wraps up Saturday with the parallel slalom where Team USA’s Justin Reiter rides for the medals.
LIVE STREAM Throughout the Games, every skiing and snowboarding event will be streamed LIVE on Stream.NBCOlympics.com and via the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app (iPhone/iPad | Android).
NBC Live Streaming Schedule (all times EST) 5:45 a.m. - Women’s slalom run 2 9:15 a.m. – Women’s slalom run 2