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AthleteI'm 16 Year Old Professional Snowboarder Maddie Mastro. I've been fortunate to score a spot on the podium at some of the most coolest competitions, but am currently training for the ultimate goal. The Winter Olympic Games. AMA!

Oct 25th 2017 by Maddie_Mastro • 15 Questions • 361 Points

Thank you for all the questions!!! I've got to go! GOODBYE and THANK YOU!!!I found my footing in the snow at age two—on a pair of skis. It took a princess-pink snowboard to convince me to make the swap from two sticks to one when I turned six, and I've been on a streak ever since. At 16 , I am one of the youngest females leading the charge for women on the halfpipe, scoring a spot on the podium at some of the country’s most prestigious competitions for the last two years, including the third-place prize at the U.S. Grand Prix of snowboarding in Mammoth. I love to surf and spend time outdoors. I am currently training for a spot on TEAM USA for the Winter Olympic Games. AMA! https://www.instagram.com/maddie_mastro/

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Q:

if you could ski bum in any town in the world, which would it be?

A:

Mammoth for sure!


Q:

3 favorite girl snowboarders?

A:

I would say, Kimmy Fasani, Torah Bright, and Hailey Langland are 3 of my favorites!


Q:

What are you feelings on downhill combat snowboarding?

Should it be an Olympic sport?

A:

Hmm, I've never heard of downhill combat snowboarding. It sounds like it would be fun.


Q:

How do you choose your board length?

A:

I choose my board length based on my height and what terrain I want to ride it in.


Q:

How do you choose your board length?

A:

and Carly Margulies she's a lady boss


A:

My tips would be work hard and rehab! You'll be back before you know it!


Q:

Hi. Good luck! Was there a certain trick you remember landing for the first time that made you think you were ready to compete? Thanks!

A:

Thank you! I don't really remember a certain trick, for me it was an overall feeling. I remember just feeling confident in all my tricks and my halfpipe run which made me feel ready and confident to compete.


Q:

How much time do you spend training vs free time? What do you do in your free time?

Good luck! Hope everything goes well for you.

A:

I spend probably spend 5-6 days on snow every week training or competing. I ride from typically 8 or 9 am to 2 pm ish for training. I try to balance my free time and training time the best I can, it can be tricky I tend to spend a lot of time traveling, and chasing winter around. In my free time I work out, enjoy time with friends and family, hang out with my dogs, take photos, play ukulele. The list goes on and on.


Q:

What's your favorite snowboarding movie? Also what tunes do you enjoy listening to when you board?

A:

I have a lot of favorite snowboard movies, but 2 of my very favorites are Labor of Love and Fullmoon ! both are all girls movies! I listen everything when I snowboard, anything that I can sing along to!


Q:

How did you train to do your first inverted tricks?

A:

There are lots of different ways to train to do inverted tricks like airbags (you land on it) or trampoline training. I learned my first inverted trick by just trying it straight on snow, ahaha. But I have trained on both trampolines and into airbags to learn inverted tricks.


Q:

Any tips for beginner snowboarders ?

A:

Keep trying and don't give up, its worth it in end!


Q:

Thanks for answering, and good luck! Any advice for new learning snowboarders?

A:

Thank you for asking questions! My advice would be keep trying and working hard, I can take a lot to get going sometimes. But its worth it.


Q:

Have you ever tought about going to Norway and snowboard?

A:

I have actually been able to compete in Norway!! I went to the XGames in Oslo a few years ago! It was amazing x10000000 !


Q:

Have you had a coach? If so, how often do you work with your coach?

A:

I have had a coach, I've had a few! I currently work with my coaches during training camps and when I'm training. Its hard to say exactly how often, but I work with them a lot.


Q:

So we know you can shred the snow but how about waves?

Also, good luck! USA

A:

Hahaha! i love surfing! Not sure if I shred them though! Thank you!