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Mastro Third in Laax Open

By Leann Bentley
January, 21 2023
Maddie Mastro
Maddie Mastro looks down the pipe in Laax, Switzerland. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Due to unfavorable weather in Switzerland, the finals snowboard halfpipe contest was canceled and the semi-final results stand. In qualifiers, Mastro qualified for the final for the women and Chase Josey, Chase Blackwell and Ryan Wachendorfer for the men - ultimately their qualifier results became their final results. 

With a solid run through the pipe two days prior, Mastro found herself back on the podium in the Laax Open, which is one of the biggest and most competitive contests of the World Cup circuit. 

For Mastro, this is her first World Cup of 2023 and her best result at the Laax Open, where last year she was ninth. Now, Mastro is slated to travel back to the States and compete at X Games in the SuperPipe contest at Aspen Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo.

For the men, Josey was ninth, Blackwell tenth, and Wachendorfer 12th, respectively, in the qualifiers, which landed them in the top 15 for finals with the cancelation. This is Wachendorfer's best finals result in the Laax Open. 

Now, the team will rest, travel back to the States and get ready for the last domestic World Cup, the 2023 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain