Heading into the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, Nathan was completing his final preparations at a team training camp in Gaylord, Michigan, USA. In the final days of the camp Nathan suffered a tragic ankle injury when jumping into an airbag, forcing him out of competition.
Nathan recovered from his Vancouver disappointment in the best possible way, becoming Australia’s first ever Snowboard Halfpipe World Champion in 2011 at La Molina, Spain. Nathan also finished the season ranked first in the world on the FIS World Cup standings.
The 2011 World Championships in La Molina, Spain, were a proud moment for Australian Snowboarding, with Nathan Johnston (Halfpipe), Holly Crawford (Halfpipe) and Alex Pullin (Snowboard Cross) all winning gold.
Outside of snowboarding, Nathan is also a very talented surfer and when at home in Sydney’s northern beaches he enjoys spending as much time in the waves as possible.
Nathan had one of the biggest wins of his career in January 2012, winning gold at the prestigious Copper Mountain, USA, World Cup/Grand Prix event. This win against many of the world’s best riders will give the knowledge he can match with the world’s best in Sochi.
Competing in his first Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, Nathan narrowly missed out on advancing through to the finals, finishing in 13th place.
In 2014-2015, the highlight for Nathan was placing 11th at the World Cup/US Grand Prix event in Park City, UT, USA.
Nathan had a number of World Cup top-10 performances in 2015-2016, with his highest placing being seventh in the opening event of the season in Cardrona, New Zealand. A highlight for Nathan would no doubt be becoming a father for the first time, with the birth of his son Louis in February.
Question & Answer:
I began this sport .... Back when I was about 10-years-old. I skied for a year or two before my dad put me on a snowboard. My first board was a Burton 121 chopper. Pretty much since that day I haven't looked back.
Proudest Moment: Winning the 2011 FIS World Championships
When I am not training/competing I am: At home in Mona vale training in the gym, surfing most days. Enjoying home and catching up with friends.
Favourite overseas competition and why: European X games. Love the resort its held at (Tignes, France) and all the great food and people from that area.
Sponsors: Ripcurl, Nitro Snowboards, Anon optics, Ambassador for Perisher Resort
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