Mastro Third in First Halfpipe World Cup of the Season
Maddie Mastro led the Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Team halfpipe athletes as they returned to the same venue as the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China's Secret Garden. Mastro walked away with a podium in third, while teammates Bea Kim and Chase Josey were just off the podium in fourth, and Lucas Foster was seventh.
Two-time Olympian Mastro took home third in the first of five stops of the 2023-24 snowboard halfpipe World Cup circuit. Before each drop-in, Mastro visualized her run and took a moment of reflection before throwing down for her 12th World Cup podium. Just one spot behind Mastro, up-and-comer Kim scored her personal best in just her second World Cup start.
Team China took spots one and two for the women with Xuetong Cai in first and Jiayu Liu in second.
On the men’s side, two-time Olympian Chase Josey put down solid runs to land himself in the fourth place position. Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Team teammate Lucas Foster also dropped into the pipe throwing a double alley-oop mctwist, a trick never been done in a contest before, to finish in seventh overall.
Aussie Scotty James took home first, Ruka Hirano of Japan was second and Chaeun Lee finished out the podium in third.
Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Team athletes Kinsley White, Chase Blackwell, Levko Fedorowycz and Joey Okesson were also in China for the competition, but did not make finals.
Next up the snowboard halfpipe team heads to the Toyota Grand Prix in Copper Mountain Dec. 13-16.