KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Lorna Perpall's eyes welled with water and her heart swelled with pride. Her granddaughter Maddie Bowman just won the first women's halfpipe skiing gold medal in Olympic history. Amid the cheers and tears, grandma knew exactly how she wanted to celebrate: Strip off her clothes.
"I have to show you this," she said.
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Perpall slowly tugged at the zipper on her parka. She is 78 years old, feels maybe half of it and acts one-tenth. She goes on long walks every day with her boyfriend – "He's very handsome," she cooed – and leading up to the Sochi Games, Bowman told her that she didn't want to go to the Olympics unless her grandma was there with her. Because the thing you have to understand about Perpall was written across the T-shirt she was so eager to show the world.
Gold medal winner Maddie Bowman's grandma, Lorna Perpall, is the most awesome grandma at the Sochi Games. pic.twitter.com/wrxFEoABVb— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 20, 2014