Russ Henshaw in Photos
Slopestyle skier Russ Henshaw hopes to represent his home country of Australia when his sport makes its Olympic debut in February in Sochi, Russia. Before then, though, he'll be competing at X Games Aspen in January.
Last spring, Henshaw rode this private park at Kirkwood called MegaSlope, alongside Bobby Brown, Gus Kenworthy and PK Hunder.
Henshaw competing in slopestyle finals at X Games Tignes 2013, where he placed fourth.
Henshaw, 23, grew up in Sydney and later moved to Jindabyne, Australia, where he could be closer to skiing. A ski racer in his youth, he transitioned to slopestyle and big air events when he was 12 and hasn't looked back.
"There are so many slope athletes that are absolutely killing it at the moment," Henshaw says about his competition. "It would be hard to pick out anyone in particular, as I have seen epic stuff from all of the top guys I see at the big events."
After a severe knee injury when he was 15, doctors told Henshaw he may never ski again. He has clearly proved them wrong. "I am stoked I could overcome something so serious and still be doing what I love to do," he says.
Good to Go
"I am feeling really good going into the Games," Henshaw says. "I had a lot of time on snow in Australia and learned a bunch of tricks."
Plan For January
"My plan is to only do the competitions that are important to me," Henshaw says. "I am doing Dew Tour, Copper Grand Prix and X Games. This gives me a good chunk of January to work on tricks, but it also puts me in the start gate and keeps me ready for the mental side of competitions."