The pair come into the season’s ultimate event having contested each of the five rounds of the 2016/17 Ski Slopestyle World Cup.
Henshaw is on the comeback from injury and is happy with his form. He skied with confidence at the Silvaplana World Cup in Switzerland and finished fifth in his heat. His season best performance came at the Seiser Alm World Cup in Italy where he won bronze.
The Sochi Olympian says his World Championships campaign will also benefit from two days of on-snow training at Switzerland’s Laax ski-resort.
“You only need one or two good days and everything comes back, it’s all muscle memory, Henshaw said.
“I ended up doing a bunch of tricks there that I was happy with so I’m feeling good coming into this event, if I didn’t have those two days I’d be a bit stressed,” he said.
Henshaw already has bronze (2011) and silver (2015) World Championships medals, the latter was won within a year of knee surgery to repair two torn ACLs.
“Where I’m at right now I feel my body’s back to what it was before all that stuff started happening and I feel like I’m skiing like myself,” he said.
“I know I’ve got a lot more to offer and I just need the time on snow to work through it,” Henshaw said.
21-year old Ryley Lucas made his World Cup debut in 2016 and comes into these World Championships with a full World Cup season under his belt. He will be looking to finish the season on a high and make a strong World Championships debut.
UPDATE FRIDAY PM SPAIN TIME: Ski Slopestyle qualifying has been cancelled Friday due to the conditions. Further updates from officials are being awaited. Final events will be lived streamed at: https://www.skiandsnowboard.org.au/2017-snowboard--freestyle-world-champs/