By Chris Kamrani, Salt Lake Tribune
Maddie Bowman saved her best for last.
The American freeskiing halfpipe star and Westminster College student nailed her third and final run in Friday’s Visa U.S. Grand Prix ski halfpipe final at Park City, earning a 89.80 to top Japan’s Ayana Onozuka.
Bowman watched as Onozuka’s first run of 88.80 set the pace for the rest of the afternoon, but as the final competitor the 22-year-old from Meyers, again utilized her newly learned switch-900 trick to lead her to victory.
Just a week ago in Aspen, Colo., the trick helped Bowman win her fourth-straight X Games gold medal in women’s halfpipe. The reigning Olympic gold medalist in halfpipe, Bowman underwent knee surgery last February and only recently returned to competition.