Teenager Jarryd Hughes made his Olympic debut in Sochi ranked Number 2 on the FIS World Cup Rankings for 2013/14. The 18-year-old had won his first World Cup race in Lake Louise, Canada just a few months before the Games. But luck was not on his side in his Olympic quarter-final. Hughes was near the front of the pack before being knocked off balance by Germany’s Konstantin Schad, in a typical racing incident, placing him 17th overall.
Hughes first made his mark at the 2012 Junior World Championships, winning silver. After finishing an impressive 11th in his first World Championships in 2013, he was unable to compete in the 2013 domestic season after undergoing knee surgery, but bounced back into the 2013/14 World Cup season with a bang.