6 Facts You Didn't Know About Olympic Snowboarder Maddie Mastro

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Maddie Mastro is one to watch at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The US snowboarder has racked up an impressive résumé since going pro in 2016, including a 2018 Olympic appearance, two world championships and X Games medals, and a string of World Cup podium finishes.

Along the way, Mastro has earned praise for her portfolio of difficult tricks like the backside cork 540, frontside 720, and a number of switch tricks. In 2019, she became the first woman in her sport to land a double crippler in competition, and rumor has it she may even whip out back-to-back 1080s (a Chloe Kim speciality) on the halfpipe in Beijing. In short, Mastro is a force to be reckoned with — and her career has only just begun. Here are six things you should know about the two-time Olympian striving to bring home her first Olympic medal.

She's a Mom to 5 Rescue Dogs

Mastro loves her five rescue dogs, Archie, Beasley, Pippy (who just joined the Mastro family earlier this year), Zody, and Stevie. "They're an island of misfit dogs!" Mastro told NBC Olympics. A big advocate for pet adoption, the snowboarder says rescues are the best dogs a person can have.

Her Favorite Workout Isn't a Snow Sport

Believe it or not, Mastro's favorite workout doesn't involve a snowboard — or even snow, for that matter. "My favorite workout is cross training," she told NBC Olympics. "I love doing different sports, getting outside, and still being able to get a workout."

Mastro played competitive soccer until the age of 16, when she had to decide between pursuing soccer or snowboarding full time. While she chose the latter, she credits soccer for teaching her how to think fast on her feet, and it's one of the many sports that make up her cross-training regimen today. She also surfs, plays tennis, wakesurfs, and has recently gotten into mountain biking.

She Fell in Love With Snowboarding Because of the Adrenaline

It's no secret that halfpipe is a pretty dangerous discipline, but that's what made Mastro fall in love with snowboarding in the first place. "Once I get the rush, it's an addiction," Mastro told "Interview Magazine." "You keep craving it and wanting to do more, go bigger, and the sport fuels it. Adrenaline is a big part of what has driven me." Fear, Mastro said, is what pushes her to master those difficult tricks.

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She's the First Woman in Her Sport to Land a Double Cripple​r

With or without an Olympic medal, Mastro has already left her mark on snowboarding. At the 2019 Burton US Open, Mastro became the first woman snowboarder to ever land a double crippler — aka a frontside double backflip with no spin — in competition. Not only that, she beat out Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim for first place, marking her first Open title and career win.

She's Familiar With the "Twisties"
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She's Familiar With the "Twisties"

Like fellow Olympian Simone Biles, Mastro has experienced the "twisties" while performing dangerous tricks and flips 50-plus feet in the air. In Mastro's sport, this is referred to as "a blackout zone," which is why the double crippler is rarely executed.

"A lot can go wrong when you're flying through the air, but if you're doing it right, you're always seeing," Mastro explained during an interview with Red Bull. "The more you see, the better. So I'm always telling myself, 'Keep your eyes open. Don't go into a blackout zone. Pay attention. And take the world in.'"

Her Favorite Thing About Snowboarding Is the Community

Medals aside, Mastro's favorite thing about snowboarding is the friendships and roles models she's gained along the way, which is something she hopes to pass on to the next generation of women snowboarders. "Building new friendships with all these girls and women around me has been really nice and super inspiring," she told "Interview Magazine." "To have so many progressive women pushing the sport and have fun doing it with them, then being able go home at the end of the day to hang out with them, makes me feel we have a really good thing going."