Olympic Winter Games Attended
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.
On March 31 2021, Guseli set the record for the biggest ever air out of a halfpipe, boosting an incredible 7.3 metres above the coping in Laax, Switzerland, breaking the previous record of 7 metres set by the legendary Shaun White in 2010.
Guseli has had a number of promising results in the 2021-2022 season, starting off with a sixth place finish at the Dew Tour in Copper Mountain, USA, and then a personal best World Cup finish of fifth in Laax, Switzerland.
On the back of his performances in the past 12 months, Guseli was invited to make his debut at the X-Games in Aspen, USA, finishing in sixth place.
At 16-years-of-age, Guesli will be the youngest member of the Australian Olympic Team in Beijing when he makes his debut competing in the halfpipe.
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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