New Yorker Alex Bowen got his start in aerials at age 13 and hasn't looked back. (Stanko Gruden / Getty Images)
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Alex Bowen takes a silver medal in Kreischberg, Austria at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships.
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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. In his first full season on the World Cup in 2015, Bowen secured a surprise silver medal at the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria with a trick he had never done on snow. Two more top-10 World Cup finishes earned him the 2015 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year title.
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