Russ

Russ Henshaw

One of the most talented and innovative freeskiers of his generation.

Russ Henshaw upside-down getting some air off a jump at the Red Bull Snow Performance Camp in Wanaka, New Zealand 2012
© Miles Holden/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Russ Henshaw. My discipline is freeski big air & slopestyle. My friends call me Russ. I was born on 7 June 1990 in Sydney, Australia. My favourite music is a lot of the Hottest 100. It just needs to be something with a good beat..

Bio

Russ Henshaw is the Winter Olympian who almost never was. Born and raised in Sydney in the early 1990s, Russ seemed destined for the city life. But courtesy of an off-the-cuff family vacation to the snow at the ripe old age of four, Mr and Mrs Henshaw soon discovered their hyperactive toddler had a special gift.

They relocated the entire family to Jindabyne and by the age of 14 – with countless Australian slalom wins to his name – Russ discovered freestyle skiing. He contested his first international competition in New Zealand soon after against the best freestyle skiers of the era, and having finished third with a specialist trainer now on board, Russ found himself in Austria contesting the coveted European circuit.

And this is where the Russ we know, the World Cup, Dew Tour and X Games champion, really started to emerge. With the unwavering support of his close-knit family and an easy-going nature that hid his competitive spirit perfectly, Russ became a force to be reckoned with in the quickly emerging discipline of slopestyle – a sport that merges the heights of ski-jumping with the flamboyance of skateboarding. Basically, it’s a real-life version of a videogame many never thought possible.

A part of the contingent to debut slopestyle at the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014, Russ has not just witnessed the sport’s growth but been an integral part of it, starring in a number of definitive films such as the 2015 Legs of Steel offering Passenger.

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Legs of Steel

Skiing Freeskier Russ Henshaw launches sky high in Austria

Russ never sleeps

Snow Special project sees Henshaw return to action in his backyard

Career Highlights

  1. 2015
    1. 2nd Place: FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships

      Freeski Slopestyle

      Kreischberg, Austria

  2. 2013
    1. 3rd Place: Dew Tour Mountain Championships

      Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

    2. 3rd Place: FIS World Cup Winter Games NZ - Slopestyle

      Cardrona, New Zealand

    3. 4th Place: X Games - Slopestyle

      Tignes, France

    4. 2nd Place: FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup GP - Slopestyle

      Copper Mountain, Colorado, USA

  3. 2012
    1. 1st Place: Winter Dew Tour - Slopestyle

      Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

    2. 1st Place: New Zealand Freeski Open - Slopestyle

      Wanaka, New Zealand

  4. 2011
    1. 2nd Place: Winter X Games 15 - Slopestyle

      Aspen, Colorado, USA