Maddy Schaffrick is always the one to watch with her signature style both on and off the hill. (Getty Images/Doug Pensinger)
U.S. Snowboarding’s top riders will be preparing for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi with a pair of on-snow training sessions at High Cascade Snowboard Camp in Mt. Hood.
Despite battling snowy conditions and a slow halfpipe Shaun White and Kaitlyn Farrington came out on top at Dew Tour halfpipe finals.
Kelly Clark continued her hot streak at Breckenridge on Saturday, taking the first Dew Tour stop just one point ahead of teammate Gretchen Bleiler.
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Excelling at everything from lacrosse to soccer and golf, young gun Maddy Schaffrick's life revolves around sports. So it’s only natural that she fights her way onto the podium nearly everywhere she goes. The young halfpipe athlete’s 2010 season landed her in the top 10 in each of the five Grand Prix Olympic qualifications and seventh in the overall rankings, putting her just three spots from making the Olympic team at age 16.
Unfortunately, that momentum was put on hold for 2011 due to injury, but she picked things back up in 2012 with a second place finish at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain and a fourth at the Breckenridge Dew Tour stop. Those results earned her an invite to X Games Aspen, but unfortunately a knee injury ended her 2012 season early. On the plus side, her injury allowed her to graduate from high school early.
Back on snow and feeling good in 2013, Schaffrick took third at her first competition back, the Dew Tour at Breckenridge. She was able to ride strong, put down solid runs and stay injury free for the rest of the season. She continued to charge the halfpipe in 2014 with impressive inverted 720s and stylish backside airs, which put her as high as sixth at the Mammoth Grand Prix. Keep a lookout for this rising star as she continues to make waves in the 2015 season.
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