Growing up near Sydney, Russ Henshaw first encountered snow at the age of four and a year 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 park exploring freeskiing. At the age of 15, he joined the European circuit and has been competing internationally ever since.
In the 2010/11 season, Henshaw made a name for himself when he grabbed Slopestyle silver in the X Games in Aspen and bronze in the World Championships in Park City, USA.
Henshaw tore his ACL in 2011, and in order to expidiate his recovery, his father donated part of his hamstring. In 2013, having just 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 just 12 months away. Henshaw spent the Australian winter working hard to build up strength in his leg with the view to joining the circuit again at the end of 2013.
Heading into his first ever Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Henshaw had a successful lead in with three bronze meals across two World Cups and the Dew Tour event. In Sochi where Slopestyle made its Olympic debut, Henshaw finished in a very credible eighth.
Henshaw won his second World Championship medal in 2015, after finishing second in Kreischberg, Austria.
In 2015-2016, Henshaw was set for a big season after narrowly missing the podium in fourth place at the US Grand Prix Event/World Cup in Mammoth Mountain, CA, USA, but suffered a season ending shoulder injury shortly after.
Question & Answer
Childhood Ambition: All I wanted was to figure out a way that I could ski as much as possible!
I began this sport ... I started skiing at about 4 years old
Proudest moment: I think 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.
Favourite Food: Mangos
Favourite overseas competition: I wouldn't say I have a favourite. I just really enjoy competing.
Sports Hero: I'd say Jon Olsson. I looked up to him when I was a kid and wanted everything about my freesking to resemble his style!
When I am not training/competing I am: Either travelling to the next competition/training venue, or I am at home relaxing.
Highest level of education achieved: 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!
Sponsors: Redbull, Volkl, Adidas, Dalbello, Spyder, Leki, Blue Tomato, Perisher
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