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          New Yorker Alex Bowen got his start in aerials at age 13 at Buffalo Ski Club’s wooden jump site. The upright tricks didn’t satisfy him for long and he performed his first back flip at 15.

          Three podium results on the 2011 NorAm circuit convinced U.S. coaches to bring him up to the next level, where their top-level guidance is already paying off. The 2012 season saw Bowen reach a fourth-place ranking in the NorAm standings with four podium finishes. He also tackled his first three World Cup competitions and came away with a top-20 result in Lake Placid.

          The 2013 season was another solid showing for Bowen. He upped his World Cup competitions to six in the 2012-13 season and saw three top-20 results. Tack on a NorAm win and a silver medal at National Championships and it ended up being a career-best season for Bowen.

          The 2014 season was all about preparation for Bowen, who focused on the fundamentals yet still managed two second-place NorAm finishes.

          FIRST TRACKS
          Bowen started skiing in a backpack when he was only a year old. His dad skied cross country and alpine with Bowen on his back. “At the age of three, I really put skis on my feet and was in a harness guided by my father,” he says. “Kind of like a dog on a leash, my father guided me and caught me if I fell.” He started competing when he was 13 at the Buffalo Ski Club with upright tricks like 360s and daffys. He did his first back flip at the age of 15, and then began his aerial career.

          OFF THE SNOW
          Bowen is a student at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and trains at the Center of Excellence in Park City, UT.



          WORLD CUP
          17th, Val Saint Come, 2013
          14th, Lake Placid, NY, 2013
          16th, Deer Valley, UT, 2013

          10th, AE, FIS Junior World Championships, Valmalenco, ITA, 2012
          Seven-time NorAm podium finisher

          Ranked fourth in the NorAm standings, 2012