Miguel Porteous


Miguel is a 2022 and 2018 Winter Olympian in Freeski Halfpipe, an X Games medalist and a World Cup medalist. He represented New Zealand in halfpipe at the 2021 Halfpipe World Championships. In 2017 he received an invite to compete at X Games Aspen -  initially only as an alternate before gaining a start spot when another competitor withdrew from  injury – and not only put a run to his feet but earned the silver medal. 

Disciplines:   Halfpipe

Home Town:   Wanaka

Career Highlights:  

2022 & 2018 Winter Olympian; 2018 FIS Freeski Halfpipe World Cup silver medalist;  X Games silver medalist, superpipe, Aspen, USA, 2017.



Biography

Lucky enough to have parents who love skiing and thought time on snow would be a great way for the family to spend time together, Miguel first got sliding at the age of three. From his first lessons at Cardrona Alpine Resort and then inspired by a video of a Redbull Big Air event in Australia given to him by his grandmother, Miguel now spends close to 200 days of the year on snow.

Miguel achieved a career best result  in early 2017 finishing second in superpipe at X Games. Miguel was named to the NZ Team for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea where he finished 17th in Halfpipe. He achieved the first World Cup medal of his career with a silver at Copper Mountain in December 2018.

Miguel received an invitation to compete at the 2018 Dew Tour joining Gus Kenworthy and Fabian Boasch for the Team Challenge. Their team took the win right out of the starting gate, with Miguel posting the top score in the Modified Superpipe portion of the event.

At the next World Cup in China Miguel finished in sixth place. A knee injury put him out of action for the rest of the season but Miguel made his return to competition at the 2019 Winter Games NZ, where he qualified for the Freeski Halfpipe World Cup finals in third place and finished 10th overall.

Miguel was selected to represent New Zealand at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games where he finished in 11th position.

As well as a talented skier, Miguel is also a keen surfer, skater and photographer, and is training to be a pilot.  

Check out more of Miguel's FIS results here or follow him on social media.


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