Russ Henshaw

Russ Henshaw was Australia's only male competitor in Ski Slopestyle when the sport made its Olympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Games. 23-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 his top score of 80.40, which saw him finish in eighth place.

Henshaw won World Championships silver the following year in Kreischberg, Austria. In the 2016/17 season, Henshaw won bronze at the Seiser Alm World Cup in Italy in January 2017. He contested three World Cup events during the season, placing in the top 20 in all events before heading to Sierra Nevada for the World Championships. Henshaw saved his best run for last in Spain, scoring 81.80 in his final run for an impressive eighth place finish.

One month out from his second Olympic Games, Henshaw injured his knee and put his PyeongChang dreams into jeopardy. However, the 27-year-old received medical clearance just in time to compete in Korea, and was stoked just to make it to the start line. Henshaw put down two clean runs of 72.60 and 64.00 at PyeongChang in the qualifiers to finish 19th overall.

The Sydney-born athlete was an accomplished alpine skier, with numerous national slalom titles to his name, 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 at the X Games in Aspen and bronze in the World Championships in Park City, USA. His season ended with a torn ACL in 2011, and in order to speed up his recovery, his father donated part of his hamstring.

Olympic Results

2018 PyeongChang

Slopestyle - Men
Qualification 1 72.60 12
Qualification 2 64.00 17
Final Placing 19 / 30

2014 Sochi

Slopestyle - Men
Qualification 84.60 Q 7
Final 80.40 8
Final Placing 8 / 32