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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 the top-level guidance has already paid off. The 2012 season saw Bowen reach a career-high 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 at 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.

      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 gets into almost anything not related to aerial skiing, like poker, pets and painting. He also began his college education at the University of Utah.



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

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

      Ranked fourth in the NorAm standings, 2012