Russ Henshaw

Russ Henshaw competes in the Freestyle Skiing Men's Ski Slopestyle Finals at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Athlete Biography

Russ Henshaw was Australia's only male competitor in Ski Slopestyle when the sport made its Olympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Games in Russia. Twenty-three-year-old Henshaw entered the Games under an injury cloud but easily qualified for the final. In his first run of the finals, Henshaw 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. He then had one run left, knowing he needed to pull off a triple cork to be in medal contention. Henshaw gave it everything on his very last jump, but ran out of room on the landing to score 28.80. He finished eighth behind American trio Joss Christensen (95.80), Gus Kenworthy (93.60), and Nick Goepper (92.40).

Henshaw was an accomplished Alpine Skier before he switched to Freestyle Skiing and joined the international circuit at the age of 15. In the 2010/11 season, he made a name for himself when he grabbed Slopestyle silver in the X Games in Aspen and bronze in the World Championships in Park City, USA.

Henshaw tore his ACL in 2011, and in order to speed up his recovery, his father donated part of his hamstring. In 2013, having just placed second in the Copper Mountain World Cup and preparing for the X Games, he tore the same ACL but opted for rehabilitation instead of surgery with the Olympics just 12 months away. Henshaw spent the Australian winter working hard to build up strength in his leg with the view to joining the circuit again at the end of 2013. He didn't compete extensively in the pre-Olympic season but when he did, he delivered - from three starts he won three bronze medals across two World Cups and the Dew Tour event.