Rowlands takes Youth Olympic halfpipe gold

Madi Rowlands is a history maker after becoming Team GB’s first Winter Youth Olympic Games medallist on snow after taking gold in the ladies’ halfpipe event at Lillehammer 2016.

Rowlands, who wins Team GB’s first medal of the Games, dominated the field throughout and put down the best two runs 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 effort before bettering that with 88.60 in run two and the Maidstone skier, who competes again in Friday’s slopestyle, was suitably stoked with the 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 have 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.”