Kent Callister was the surprise packet of the men’s Snowboard Halfpipe in Sochi, where he made his Olympic debut. The 18-year-old came ninth in a star-studded field that included defending Olympic Champion Shaun White. After progressing through the heats and semi-finals, Callister’s first run in the final didn’t quite go to plan. He fell on the landing of his fourth trick, scoring a lowly 40.00 points. Sitting in 10th, he had to pull out all stops on his second run if he was going be in with a chance at the podium. His 68.50 points weren’t quite enough, however Callister will definitely be one to watch in the lead up to 2018.
Callister got into snowboarding when he and his family moved from the Gold Coast to Oregon in the USA. He started competing in FIS races in both Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle in 2010 and had his first podium finishes with back-to-back gold medals in both disciplines at the Rev Tour in at the start of 2012. As a 16-year-old, Callister put the snowboard world on notice, becoming the first competitor to ever win two championships in a single Gatorade Free Flow Tour season after winning the Slopestyle and Superpipe.
In 2012, competing at his first World Cup in Cardrona, New Zealand, Callister placed 13th in Halfpipe. He went on to place ninth in Copper Mountain before finishing 15th at the 2013 World Championships in Stoneham, Canada.
His great uncle is Cyril Callister, the man who invented Vegemite.