Created: 27 November 2018

USASA Nationals champion and 2014 Olympic freeski halfpipe gold medalist, Maddie Bowman, is changing things up in 2019. This homegrown South Tahoe Series alum, who moved to Utah in 2015 to be closer to US Ski & Snowboard training center, has moved back to her beloved Tahoe and is settling into college life at Sierra Nevada College as a junior. In between juggling twelve college credits and preparing for another season dominating the professional freeskiing circuit, Maddie took a few moments of her time to talk to us about college life and her favorite things about being back in Tahoe.

You’re still an X Games and Olympic medal contender, why was it important for you to go to college while still competing?

I want to remind myself that skiing isn't everything which is important to remember when injuries come along and it's time to switch career paths.

How does competing AND going to school work?   

The key to making it work is the professors.  I have such a specific schedule where I have to travel to train and compete and the professors are willing to work with me so I can go to school and still travel.

 Maddie Bowman is earning her B.S. in at Sierra Nevada CollegeMaddie is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Sierra Nevada College.

Why did you chose Sierra Nevada College?

I chose SNC because I needed a school that would work with my schedule as a professional athlete and still allow me to finish my degree.  I can play hard and work hard here. And the SNC community has been great! They have been so welcoming an the students are very active but open to new ideas and people.

What the academic experience is like?   

I am blown away by the academic experience at SNC.   The professors are all about understanding concepts that you can apply instead of memorizing facts.  We also are graded heavily on participation which takes the pressure off on tests. And being a science student I love the amount of labs we get to create ourselves.  

In her second Olympic appearance in PyeongChang Maddie placed 11th .

How does it make you feel to be back in South Lake Tahoe - your home, opposed to being in Utah?

I love Tahoe.   It was good to move away for a little while but my heart is here.  I love that I can go get a bike ride or beach session in in-between classes and I am so close to such amazing skiing! Plus we have the best POW!

You’re planning on coming out to the 30th annual USASA National Championships this April, Do you remember your first USASA event or USASA nationals and what are some of your best USASA South Tahoe Series memories?

I loved competing in my south shore series!  It was such a cool thing to do growing up and I made lifelong friends that way.  It's also really cool because it allowed me and my brother to ski together. Nationals were also such a big deal.  I was so proud representing my home mountain Sierra at Tahoe


Maddie wraps up her finals and will head straight to Copper Mountain, CO for the US Grand Prix season opener and the Dew Tour. You’ll also be able to meet Maddie Bowman at Sierra Nevada College booth at this year’s 2019 USASA National Championships April 7-12th at Copper Mountain, CO.

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