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Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, CA
The offspring of two ski racers, Bowman was born with skiing coursing through her veins. She quietly came on to the scene in the 2009/10 season and has been steadily improving to the point where she’s a regular on the halfpipe podiums. Last season, she placed first in two US Grand Prix events, won gold at X Games Aspen, silver at the Dew Tour and bronze at X Games Tignes. This year she took top honors in the Dew Tour halfpipe with an arsenal of tricks including 900s in both directions, and followed up with a slew of podiums including wins in Breckenridge and Park City, and most notably, X Games in Aspen. It’s safe to say Bowman is one to watch out for.