“That was actually the first one I’ve tried since I’ve been here, so I’m glad I gave it a crack, got close,” the 23-year-old said.
“I did the build up to the triple [in training] but didn’t do it just because I wanted to make it to the big show. I’d rather go down like I did then, than go down in training and not compete at all.”
Henshaw had hoped to include a triple cork in his first run, but was forced to change plans when he fell off the top rail and drifted offline on the second last jump. Despite the mix up, the run was clean, giving him a score of 80.40.
The boy from Jindabyne said he was actually happy to get down in one piece, having being plagued by fresh injuries in the past few weeks.
In a bid to be at his best for his Olympic debut, Henshaw’s been off the alcohol for the past 14 months, but says tonight he’ll allow himself to have a beer.
Team USA made a clean sweep of the podium, with all three medallists executing triples along the way. Gold medallist Joss Christensen put down two technically solid runs (95.80), Silver medallist Gus Kenworthy came back from a failed first run to nail his second (93.60), and pre-Games favourite Nick Goepper had to settle for Bronze (92.40) in a tough field.
Emily Groves | sochi2014.olympics.com.au