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Olympic Freestyle Skiing 2014: Live Results and Highlights of Women's Halfpipe

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Maddie Bowman of the United States celebrates winning the gold medal in the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Ski Halfpipe Finals on day thirteen of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2014

Olympic history was made on Thursday evening at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Sochi.

The United States' Maddie Bowman became the first ever Olympic champion in women's halfpipe freestyle skiing on Thursday, posting a final run score of 89.00 to top the competition. 

Bowman—a decorated X Games champion in this event—led the field after the first run of the finals. She raised the bar during her second run and was able to hold off a hard-charging Marie Martinod of France to secure the top spot on the podium.

Martinod, who was the leader during qualifying runs earlier on Thursday, had to settle for silver after failing to catch Bowman on the final run of the competition.

Ayana Onozuka of Japan rounded out the podium with the bronze medal.

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