WILL GRAVES
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February 20, 2014
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South Tahoe’s Bowman claims gold in women’s ski halfpipe

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — This one was for Sarah. Her braid whipping in the chilly mountain air, Maddie Bowman of the U.S. soared to the first-ever gold medal in women’s Olympic halfpipe skiing on Thursday, edging Marie Martinod of France in the final on a night the sport paid tribute to late Canadian freestyle skiing icon Sarah Burke. Burke, a leading advocate of adding several events — including halfpipe — to the Olympic program, died following a training accident in 2012. Her parents, Gordon Burke and Jan Phelan, watched as Bowman made history. “It was Sarah’s dream to be here,” …

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