Maddie Bowman let it all hang out Monday, Feb. 19, but could not put down a complete run in the skiing halfpipe final at the Winter Olympics.
The South Lake Tahoe resident fell on all three runs, on the very last move each time, and failed to defend her gold medal.
Bowman's helmet splintered into two pieces after crashing and slamming the back of head on her third run.
She lay in the center of the halfpipe for a few minutes afterward as medical staff examined her. Her mom also jogged over just as she got to her feet. She skied the rest of the way down on one ski as tears streamed down her face.
Four years ago, the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia marked the debut of halfpipe skiing as an Olympic sport, as well as Bowman’s debut at the Games. She brought gold home to Lake Tahoe.
Team USA's Brita Siguorney won the bronze medal while fellow American Annalisa Drew finished just off the podium in fourth. Canada's Cassie Sharpe won the gold medal and France's Marie Martinod won silver.
Bowman is not the only South Shore native scheduled to compete for a gold medal this week. South Lake Tahoe's Jamie Anderson qualified for the women's snowboard big air final on the same day Bowman qualified for the halfpipe finals.
Earlier this month, Anderson won gold in women's snowboard slopestyle, making Olympic history and cementing her legacy as one of the all-time greats.