Rosie Mancari is living out her dream, and some dreams pay.
The Anchorage native began snowboarding when she was 3 years old. She’s now 23 and attempting to do this for a living.
“I’ve always had a need for speed,” she said on a recent trip home.
But she’s doing it the hard way. She’s a part of the U.S. development squad. The title may carry some prestige, but it doesn’t pay the bills. Mancari does that all on her own.
This month, she anchored her team to a gold medal at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in Utah. It was her first world cup title.
That aids with her expenses.
“First place usually gets $10,000,” she said. “So really helpful in expensive seasons.”
Of course the competition is ramped up.
“It’s obviously the best in the world, so this is what we’ve been competing for for so long and now made it to that top elite level, the best in the world, and the courses are bigger, faster, scarier, more adrenaline, but also more reward,” she said.
Mancari is ready for that challenge. She has to be if she’s going to go global.
With a budget of $30,000 for the season, she’s heading to Bulgaria for the Bansko 2017 world cup event, which starts Feb. 2.