Slopestyle skier, Russ Henshaw first encountered snow at the age four and eighteen months later started competitive skiing.
Henshaw spent the next seven years skiing with the Thredbo Ski Racing Club and became an accomplished alpine skier, winning the Australian Under-12 slalom title and placing second in giant slalom.
Under the guidance of coach Nick Draxl, Henshaw also spent time in the Thredbo terrain exploring free-skiing. By age fifteen, he joined the European circuit and has been competing internationally ever since.
Slopestyle Skiing is a relative newcomer to the international World Cup circuit and has its roots in skateboarding and BMX where athletes ski down a course including a variety of obstacles including rails, jumps and other terrain park features. Slopestyle Skiing made its Olympic debut at Sochi in 2014.
In the 2010/11 season, Henshaw made a name for himself when he grabbed Slopestyle Skiing silver in the Aspen X Games and bronze in the World Championships in Park City, USA.
Henshaw tore his ACL in 2011, and to expedite his recovery, his father donated part of his hamstring.
In 2013, having placed second in the Copper Mountain World Cup and preparing for the X Games, he tore the same ACL but opted for rehabilitation instead of surgery with the Olympics only twelve months away.
Heading into his first Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Henshaw had a successful lead in with three bronze medals across two World Cups and the Dew Tour event. In the Sochi Games he finished in eighth.
In early 2015 Henshaw won his second World Championship medal taking silver in Kreischberg, Austria.
The following 2015/2016 season was set to be a big one after placing fourth place at the US Grand Prix Event/World Cup in Mammoth Mountain, USA, but shortly after the event Henshaw sustained a season ending shoulder injury.
After rehab he was back in the competitive World Cup ranks in January 2017, starting out with a 17th place in Font Romeu, France. His next World Cup delivered a return to the podium with bronze at Seiser Alm in Italy.
The 2016/17 season concluded with eighth place in the Sierra Nevada World Championships and overall world ranking of 9th.
Q & A
Proudest moment: My proudest moment was when I got my X Games medal in 2011. Another moment which I will never forget is landing my run in qualification at the Olympics. It was my first run and I had struggled in training all week. I will never forget the feeling of landing my run and riding out into the finish area.
Best sporting memory from 2016/17 season: the Bronze medal at the World cup in Italy
I began skiing when I was four-years-old and Slopestyle Skiing when I was fifteen.
When I am not training or competing I am: Either travelling to the next competition/training venue, or I am at home relaxing.
Education: Since Finishing school I have put all my time and effort into skiing. I was a professional before even finishing school and knew this was the path I wanted to take!
Favourite international competition: I wouldn't say I have a favourite. I just really enjoy competing.
Favourite Food: Mangoes
My hero is Jon Olsson. I looked up to him when I was a kid and wanted everything about my freesking to resemble his style.
Sponsors: Redbull, Volkl, Dalbello, Leki, Perisher, Marker, Yakima
Childhood Ambition: All I wanted was to figure out a way that I could ski as much as possible!
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