Golden girl Rowlands makes history

History-maker Madi Rowlands was “stoked” with ski halfpipe gold as she became the first Team GB athlete to win a Youth Olympic medal on snow.

Rowlands dominated the field throughout and put down the best two runs of the competition at Oslo’s Vinterpark, beating silver medallist Paula Cooper’s best effort of 79.00.

The 15-year-old notched 83.20 in her opening run before bettering that with 88.60 her second and the Maidstone skier, who competes again in Friday’s slopestyle, was suitably delighted with gold.

“I couldn’t be happier. It’s just so overwhelming,” said Rowlands.

“It was nerve-wracking to wait for the others to finish but I felt like I had done enough.”

“I was so stoked with that first run and to land it like I did meant I was able to relax more and not be so nervous in the second and third.

“There are two main competitions I ultimately want to get to, the X Games and then the Olympics. This is a great step towards that and I’m just so stoked to win.”

Original article from Team GB, view here

Madi was interviewed on the BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo DriveTime show on Wednesday 17 February – listen now


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