Noah Bowman got his start as a skier on Olympic turf. At age 14, he started going to the Canada Olympic Park, near his home in Calgary, Alberta. Noah started competing in freeskiing contests, but he never thought he’d have a chance to compete at the Olympics. Then, in 2011, ski halfpipe was added as an Olympic sport.
In 2012, Noah was invited as an alternate for superpipe to the X Games in Aspen, Colorado, and when a spot opened up in the contest, he stepped up to the challenge. He earned a silver medal at his rookie X Games appearance that year, with help from a Switch Alley-oop Double 900, the first time that trick had been thrown in competition.
More success followed at Winter X Games 2017. On an icy night in the pipe, Noah put together two flawless runs and left Aspen with a bronze medal and a new-found competition confidence.
Now a key member of the Canadian halfpipe team, Noah competed at both Sochi and Pyeongchang. “The Olympics were never a huge goal of mine,” Noah says. “But now it’s become one of my top priorities.”