Maddy Grainger - Soccer/Ski/MTB (UT)



Weapon(s) of choice: Soccer, Ski, Free-heeler, Mountain Bike, Road Bike, Trail Run

What’s an average day for you like? I ski or run in the morning, go to work at the hospital, and play soccer all night! What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? Hardest: Getting over your fear of falling or getting hurt Easiest: Letting the adrenaline rush and competition drive your energy What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? It is never assumed that I can rip, I always have to prove myself. When I inevitably do, I have to accept the shock and surprise as a compliment.

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I would like it to be recognized that women in soccer and skiing in the U.S. are ranked higher globally than men. Our female athletes are tearing it up and making a name representing our country. They definitely deserve a little more local recognition.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I work hard, play harder. I do everything in my life with passion, enthusiasm, and zeal. What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Soccer- Nike, Adidas Ski- Patagonia, Acteryx, Black Diamond Bike- Castelli, Betty Designs, Pearl Izumi Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? There is some definite psychological benefits to “looking good.” We always say on the field, “look good, feel good, play good.” It brings up your confidence internally, and you turn heads and receive positive feedback from your audience. This self-esteem boost is often what you need for a good performance.

How dangerous do you really think your sport is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Statistically soccer and skiing cause more orthopedic injuries and concussions than any other female sports. I have personally experienced 6 concussions, 2 broken tibias, torn my mcl 4 times, lcl, pcl, and meniscus. Female athletes experience more athletic injuries than men because of low bone density, muscular difference, and anatomical disadvantages. We are fighting the statistical battle every time we step out to rip. I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? The adrenaline rush. Especially with touring and mountain biking, the hard work on the uphill makes the fast drop of the downhill that much more rewarding.

What is your favorite trick? Do you own any other toys? I do boxing on the side for a cardio and upper body workout What gets you pumped up for the day? Music!! And going with friends and teammates

What are three things you could not live without? Coffee, chocolate, and cardio  

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? I hope to improve throughout my life and be able to share all my sports with my family.

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My family has encouraged me throughout my athletic journey

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? I have always been inspired by the ripping female free skiiers who are also kind, positive role models. Rachael Burks, Lindsey Dyer, and Ingrid Backstrom

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I work full time at the hospital and volunteer with the National Abilities Center teaching adaptive sports.

How about in the off season to stay in shape? I never have an off-season, I rotate between soccer, ski, and bike season so I am always moving! I do boxing and trail running for my cross training to stay balanced.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? I would like to complete a triathlon this year! Next winter, I am hoping to enter a telemark ski comp. What do you do to prep for a competition?

What competitions and other awards have you won? For soccer I have been selected NCAA All-region team, Pacific Northwest Academic Region team, won the WPSL National Championship, and played professionally in Sweden.

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? Favorite conditions? I like deep powder! We get tons of it in Utah! Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? I would love to ski in Japan, the terrain looks fun and workable! I would also love to hike up and ski tour a volcano bowl, perhaps in Kenya, Chile, or New Zealand!

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? I listen to a wide range of music from hip hop, to EDM, and Indie pop depending on snow conditions and what kind of ripping mood I am in.

What turned you on to your sport? The first time I shredded powder and got a blower face shot, I came out grinning ear to ear. I realized then and there that that’s what it meant to be one with nature.

Any new tricks you’re working on? Switch teleing, 540, simple grabs What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? I caught an edge, tomahawked about as hard as you can, stomped it and kept skiing with a full face full of snow.

What other extreme/action sports are you into? Cliff jumping, wake boarding, SUP, surfing, bungee jumping If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? YOGA, I should stretch more, but I’m not good at relaxing.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? I like blizzard for all-mountain skis because they are flexible. Black diamond are my favorite touring ski for the light-weight utility.

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? I don’t know, someone should tell me How would you describe your riding style? Grip it and rip it, if I’m intimidated or don’t know how to do something, I just fake it until I make it! Never show fear :)

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Double shot dirty chai with soy OR a margarita.

What do you want to be when you "grow up"? I want to be a OBGYN or surgeon, I’m applying for graduate school now.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? Youtube, Vimeo, FB, Instagram,Twitter etc. etc. Twitter: @MaddyGrainger IG @madsgrainger Web: