At just 16, Nico Porteous wrote his way into the history books - and there’s plenty more to come for the fearless freestyle skiier.
Porteous’ bronze medal in the freeski halfpipe at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics saw the Wanaka teen become New Zealand’s youngest Olympic medallist, and the first Kiwi male to make the podium at the Winter Olympic Games.
Before he burst into the New Zealand consciousness with his bold performance in PyeongChang, Porteous was already big news in the sport. In 2016, at the age of 14, Porteous became the first Kiwi and youngest person to land a triple cork 1440.
Having been competing on the world stage since he was in his early teens, Porteous is mature beyond his years, effortlessly shouldering his new status as role model.
As Olympic programmes increasingly move in the direction of more youth-focused sports, Porteous represents the changing face of elite sport in this country.
Olympic Bronze Medalist - Freestyle Skiing
Youngest New Zealand Olympic Medalist
(16 Years Old)
Youngest New Zealand Olympian
(16 Years old)
FIS Freeski Halfpipe NorAM Champion