Dara Howell

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Canada’s Dara Howell had a hard time believing she was actually an Olympic gold medallist in the weeks following the Sochi Games.

The accomplishment still hasn’t quite sunk in.

Some 10 months after making history in Russia as the first women’s Olympic slopestyle ski champion, the 20-year-old from Huntsville, Ont., still has to pinch herself from time to time.

“I think when I’m old and, like 50, I’ll probably realize what happened,” Howell said with a laugh on a conference call. “But for now I’m just enjoying it and taking opportunities that come my way and just keep moving forward.”

Howell spent most of the sum