Nico Porteous

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Nico Porteous
Personal information
NationalityNew Zealand
Born (2001-11-23) 23 November 2001 (age 17)
Hamilton, New Zealand
ResidenceWanaka, New Zealand
Height163 cm (5 ft 4 in)
Sport
SportFreestyle skiing
Event(s)Halfpipe

Nico Porteous (born 23 November 2001) is a New Zealand freestyle skier.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Porteous was introduced to skiing by his parents and learnt to ski in France when he was four years old.[3] He has had a professional coach since he was six years old[3] and his older brother Miguel Porteous is also a freeskier and competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics.[3] Porteous has been home-schooled through Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, As well as studying at Christ Church Grammar School in Perth, Western Australia.[3]

Career[edit]

When Porteous was 14, he became the youngest person in the world to land the triple cork 1440 (upside down three times, and four full spins). This has since been beaten by another skier.[3]

Porteous was selected to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics, making him the second-youngest Winter Olympian in the nation's history (behind Alice Robinson).[4][5] In the men's halfpipe he won the bronze medal, becoming only the third New Zealander (and first male New Zealander) to win a medal at a Winter Olympics. At age 16 years 91 days, Porteous subsequently became New Zealand's youngest Olympic Games medallist, breaking the previous record of 16 years and 353 days set by Zoi Sadowski-Synnott earlier the same day, who had in turn broke the record of 17 years 100 days set by Danyon Loader at the 1992 Summer Olympics.[6]

His best 2017–18 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup finish is 6th at Cardrona Alpine Resort.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kiwi freeskier Nico Porteous bowled over as he joins Red Bull at age 14". Stuff.
  2. ^ "Rising Kiwi skier Nico Porteous gets Red Bull backing". 9 June 2016 – via www.newshub.co.nz.
  3. ^ a b c d e McFadden, Suzanne (26 February 2018). "It's a big year for… Nico Porteous". Newsroom. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Nico Porteous joins brother in team for Winter Olympics, history beckons". Stuff.
  5. ^ "'I'm really, really lucky to be here' - teen star Nico Porteous still buzzing about competing at Winter Games" – via TVNZ.
  6. ^ "Meet the high-flying 16-year-olds who made New Zealand proud on the snow".
  7. ^ "Wanaka brothers impress at Games". 2 September 2017.

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