Snowboard Cross athlete, Jarryd Hughes first made his mark at the 2012 Junior World Championships, winning silver.
In his first World Cup, in Stoneham, Canada, Hughes finished an impressive 10th. The Stoneham course proved to suit the young snowboarder as he went on to record an 11th place finish at the 2013 World Championships.
Hughes was unable to compete in the 2013 domestic season, after undergoing knee surgery, but bounced back better than ever, launching into the 2013/14 World Cup season with a bang.
At the first event in Montafon, Austria, Hughes finished a credible eighth but it was just a couple of weeks later in Lake Louise, Canada - where he put the world on notice, winning gold. With about 200 metres left in the 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 heading into the event. Competing in difficult conditions, Hughes had to settle for 17th place after exiting the event in the second round.
In 2014-2015, Hughes narrowly missed the podium in the World Cup event in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, finishing in fourth place.
The highlight of the 2015-2016 season for Hughes was no doubt winning gold at the X-Games event in Aspen, CO, USA. Hughes led a historic 1-2 finish, with teammate Alex Pullin in second.
Question & Answer:
Childhood Ambition: Play for the Wallabies
I began this sport …. because my mum and dad thought it would be a good excuse for a family holiday!
Proudest moment: Winning my First world Cup and Going to the Sochi 2014 Olympics
Favourite Food: Steak
Favourite Music: A bit of everything but a lot of Taylor Swift
Favourite overseas competition: Anywhere in America or Canada
Participation in other sports: Skateboard, BMX, Extreme Parkour.
Famous relative: James Squire
Sports Hero: Seth Westcott, Mark Webber, Casey Stoner, Pierre Vaultier.
When I am not training/competing I am: In the gym getting ready for the next competition
Highest level of education achieved: HSC
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