At 17 years old, Maddie Mastro competed at her first Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. While she’s new to the Olympics, Mastro is not to new to snowboarding. Sure, she’s an up-and-comer, but Mastro has been snowboarding since she was six. Mastro competed in the ladies’ halfpipe finals at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. She fell in all three of her runs and ended up in last place. But as her career is just starting to really take off, what is Mastro’s net worth now that she’s an Olympic athlete? Like many Olympians, the answer isn’t clear. And even with her disappointing medal run, she still could be on her way to earning some big bucks.
Besides how much an Olympic medal costs (which is pretty priceless in our opinion), there is a cash prize associated with winning a medal at the Olympics. Team USA Olympians win $37,500 for gold medals, $22,500 for silver, and $15,000 for bronze. Mastro’s teammate Chloe Kim got the gold in the halfpipe while Mastro didn’t medal. However, Mastro has already been making money in snowboarding.
For the ongoing 2017-2018 International Ski Federation (FIS) Snowboard World Cup, Mastro has come in second place once and third place twice in the halfpipe. According to the FIS rules, the cash prize for each halfpipe competition is 50,000 CHf (Swiss francs), which is approximately $53,000. That amount is divided by the top ten winners, but it’s weighted. The breakdown of the cash prize for the 2017-2018 season is that first place gets 45%, second place gets 23.50%, and third place gets 12.50%.
That means the 17-year-old Mastro has earned more than $25,000 in the World Cup competitions so far and the season isn’t over yet.
Mastro has also competed in the X Games four times during her career, and just medaled for the first time at the X Games Aspen in 2018 when she placed third in the superpipe event. ESPN isn’t as forthcoming as the FIS with information on how much the cash prize at the X Games is. But in 2008, women and men were rewarded the same amount for the first time ever. Also that year, the pot was $1 million with $30,000 going to gold medal winners. Considering 10 years have passed, the total prize is most likely even larger now, so Mastro would have seen some cash flow from her recent bronze win at Aspen as well.
Mastro doesn’t have a net worth quite like Shaun White’s yet, which is padded with endorsements, but she’s early on in her career. So while it’s sad that she didn’t have a better performance at the 2018 Olympics, expect her snowboarding skills — and income — to continue to grow.