As a 17-year-old Jarryd Hughes his World Cup debut in February 2012 in Stoneham, Canada, finishing an impressive seventh and in the following month made his mark again by winning silver at the 2012 Junior World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain.
He again announced his talent in the January 2013 World Championships placing 11th. In February of that year Hughes underwent the first of five left knee surgeries but was back riding in the Veysonnaz World Cup in March.
After missing the 2013 Australian domestic winter season, Hughes bounced back big time onto the World Cup circuit finishing 8th in the 2013/14 season opener and going on to win his first World Cup gold at Lake Louise in Canada.
With about 200 metres remaining in the Lake Louise final, Hughes piled on the speed, giving himself an unassailable lead, running out a clear winner ahead of Olympic medal contender Konstantin Schad of Germany.
Competing at his first Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Hughes was ranked number two in the World on the FIS World Cup Rankings. Hughes had to settle for 17th place after exiting the event in the second round.
During the 2014/15 season Hughes solidified his promise as a world-class rider with eighth and fourth places in the March Veysonnaz, Switzerland World Cups.
The highlight of the 2015/2016 season for Hughes was winning gold at the X-Games in Aspen, USA. Hughes led a historic 1-2 finish, with teammate Alex Pullin in second.
His 2016/17 campaign began in December just off the podium in fourth place at Montafon, Austria but the podium beckoned and came to fruition in Feldberg, Germany with a silver, which was an historic 1-2 for for Australia with team mate Pullin taking gold.
In December 2017 Hughes claimed his second podium gold at Montafon, Austria.
Q & A
Proudest moment: Winning X Games
Best sporting memory from 2016/17 season: Getting second in time trial and fourth in the World Cup at Montafon, Austria. This was the first World Cup for the season and in the training camp leading up to the event I injured me knee and was unable to do any on snow training for the weeks leading up. In total, I had 5 days on snow before this World Cup so it was really special to be able to perform with such limited access to being on snow. It was a testament to the dry land training I do with my strength and conditioning coach Tom Carter.
I began my sport in 2001 when my parents signed me up for Interschools for International Grammar School to compete in snowboarding even though I had never been on a snowboard!
When I am not training or competing I am: Watching sport and movies - I should have shares in Hoyts Chatswood!
I enjoy my sport because: Who couldn't love snowboarding?
Education: At Uni Studying a BA
Favourite international competition: X Games
Favourite Food: Any sort of meat
Favourite Music: Pop mostly (Taylor Swift)
Favourite other sport to watch or play: Rugby league, Rugby Union, Swimming, UFC, F1, AFL, Tennis, Basketball and Sailing
Favourite sporting team: Wallabies, Waratahs, NRL Dragons, F1 Petronas Mercedes, Swans, Giants.
My heroes are: Seth Wescott, Connor McGregor, Lewis Hamilton.
Sponsors: Kessler Snowboards, Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA), NSW Institute of Sport, Australian Institute of Sport.
Childhood Ambition: To become a Wallaby or an Olympic Swimmer.
Ambition: Play for the Wallabies
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