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Finn has been skiing NZ mountains since the age of two and it shows!  He is one of New Zealand’s most promising up and comers and already has a string of podium finishes at overseas competitions in everything from Halfpipe and Slopestyle to Big Mountain, Skier X and rail jams.

In his own words, “I’ve grown up skiing in Wanaka since I was two years old and have been competing in many national and international events since then. My long-term goal is to win an Olympic gold medal in either 2018 or 2022. I also hope to compete in major international events such as the X Games and Dew Tour in both Slopestyle and Halfpipe.”

Finn’s arguably already halfway to that goal having recently been recently selected and competed for the NZ Youth Olympic Team at the Youth Olympic Games in Norway. With a Silver in the Halfpipe and a Bronze in the Slopestyle at the event, it won’t be long before Finn’s taking on the big guns at an upcoming Olympic Games.

We’re behind Finn all the way and are stoked to be supporting him in his mission to reach the top! 

Q&A

What do you do and why?
I’m a freestyle skier competing in the disciplines of slopestyle and halfpipe. I ski because of the amount of joy it brings to my life and the creative freedom it provides me with.

How did you get started?
Both my parents are really keen skiers so it was only natural for them to get my brother and I on skis as soon as we could walk. From there it was just a family activity, which we all really loved and continue to love today.

Why did you choose skiing over other sports?
Growing up I was involved in a lot of different sports but nothing compared to the feeling that I get when I’m skiing. When I ski I’m not thinking about anything besides skiing which I think’s cool, it’s almost an escape from the rest of the world from me. So, it really just comes down to the feeling I get from skiing.

What do you do for training?
I focus on runs that I’d like to land and specifically train those tricks in my competition run leading up to a competition but other than that I mainly just ski as much as I can.

Where has your sport taken you?
Skiing has taken me all over the world! I love travelling and I’m super grateful to be given such amazing opportunities from skiing. I’ve definitely got to see some crazy things for only being 16 years old. For example, I got to go hang out with the All Blacks this week and watch them train at Eden Park!

What has your sport taught you about yourself?
My sport has taught me a lot about what it takes to achieve something, that being said it’s also taught me that anything is possible if you really want it.

What are you goals in skiing?
I’ve always wanted to win an Olympic Gold Medal. I’d also like to win the X-Games and be able to ski everyday as a profession.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start competing in skiing?
Don’t get caught up in what other people are doing or trying to get sponsors. Just focus on your skiing and improving as much as you can, the results, sponsors, travel will come with time. Also, just have a bunch of fun whilst doing it!

Where do you get your inspiration?
I get inspired by a huge range of people, whether they’re skiers or not, people who are or have been really successful at what they do is a really inspiring thing in my eyes, especially in sport.


What other hobbies do you have?
I enjoy surfing, biking, photography/filming, running, drawing and just being outdoors adventuring!

Where the weirdest place you’ve been thanks to skiing?
Skiing at the Canadian Olympic Park above the city of Calgary in Canada is pretty crazy. It’s pretty hard to beat going to the club fields in Canterbury, NZ though. That’s a really different type of skiing when you’re on the hill.

Couch surfer or high roller?
High roller!

What’s one thing that people think they know about your sport but really have no idea about?
The difference between a Stale and Cuban grab haha

 

 

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