Valentino Guseli has been regarded as one of the best young talents in Australia for years, and is now regarded in the same way on the global scene following his breakthrough performance at the 2019 US Open Junior Jam in Vail, CO, USA.
Guseli dominated the field to take home the gold medal with a score of 96.99 points, over four points clear of the second place finisher.
The win also gave Guseli a start in the open event against the best riders in the world, including Australian superstar and eventual winner, Scotty James.
It was not the first podium performance for Guseli at the event, having claimed the silver medal in 2018.
Guseli made his World Cup debut in January 2021 in Laax, Switzerland.
It was a spectacular debut event by the 15-year-old snowboarding prodigy, who shocked the winter sports world by blitzing the field in qualifying for finals in first place.
In the final the teen sensation from the NSW south coast finished in eighth place, an amazing result in his first ever World Cup. Guseli also made his World Championship debut in Aspen, USA, finishing in 11th place, very unlucky not to advance to the 10-man final.
Guseli will be looking to make his Olympic debut in Beijing 2022.
IMAGE: Andrew Fawcett
Q & A
Winning US Open Junior Jam in 2019
I began my sport in ...
Perisher at 3 years old, 2008.
When I am not training or competing I am:
Playing my guitar, surfing and constantly catching up school work
I enjoy my sport because ...
Snowboarding is so much fun and I can constantly progress and push myself
Favourite international competition:
Metallica. Led Zeppelin, Faith No More, Pink Floyd,
Favourite other sport to watch or play:
Surfing, skateboarding and lawn bowls
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