Maddie Mastro competes at the U.S. Grand Prix on Dec. 14, 2019 in Copper Mountain, Colo..
U.S. snowboarder Maddie Mastro found the 2022 Olympic venue to work out just fine.
Mastro, a 2018 Olympian, captured her second consecutive podium finish to start the world cup season, finishing third in the women’s halfpipe snowboarding competition Sunday at Secret Garden, China, which is the venue for snowboarding and several other disciplines in the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.
Mastro, the only American in the women’s finals, put down a run of 86.60 in challenging conditions of blowing snow to finish third for the second time in a week. She also finished third last week at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain in Colorado. Mastro is the only U.S. snowboarder to reach the world cup podium in halfpipe so far this season.
Mastro began the weekend with a second-place finish in qualifying on Friday, scoring 90.20.
She is continuing a hot streak that included a bronze medal in the 2019 world championships and a second-place finish last year at Copper Mountain. Mastro also upset world and Olympic champion Chloe Kim at last year’s Burton US Open in Vail, Colorado, ending Kim’s winning streak at eight consecutive competitions.
Jiayu Liu of host China won the competition with a top run of 90.80. Her teammate, Cai Xuetong, was second with a top score of 89.20.
Ryan Wachendorfer was the highest-finishing American in the men’s finals. Making the final round for the first time this season, Wachendorfer placed sixth with a top run of 83.60. Chase Blackwell was ninth with a run of 72.20.
The next halfpipe world cup is Jan. 14 and 18 in Laax, Switzerland.
Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic and Paralympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.