Winter Games Athletes
Howell will compete in slopestyle and is expected to contend for a medal when she makes her Olympic debut in Sochi. Her introduction to skiing was quite simple: Her family owns and operates a ski resort in Huntsville, Ontario. She claimed a silver medal in slopestyle at the world championships last year and won her most recent competition on the World Cup circuit at the U.S. Grand Prix in December. She has won bronze medals three times in X Games competitions since 2012 and has never finished outside the top 10 in any of her FIS events, reaching the podium seven times. At the 2011 X Games, Howell was only a senior in high school and the youngest female competitor at the competition. She also competes in the ski halfpipe, which will debut at the Olympics in Sochi along with slopestyle, but she will focus on the latter discipline at the games.