Tiarn Collins


Tiarn made history in March 2022 when he became the first Kiwi snowboarder to win the FIS Snowboard Slopestyle Crystal Globe for the 2021/22 World Cup season. Tiarn represented New Zealand in Slopestyle and Big Air at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Post Games in March Tiarn won the FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup held in the Czech Republic and just prior to the games he claimed the bronze medal at the Mammoth Mountain Slopestyle World Cup. Tiarn Collins began his successful international career as a junior rider, finishing  fourth in slopestyle and fifth in halfpipe at the 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games and claiming a bronze medal in slopestyle at the 2017 Junior World Champs.  He then moved on to the World Cup Tour and won medals in Big Air and Slopestyle. Tiarn was selected to represent NZ at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games but a training accident in Pyeongchang just before the Games kept him from competing.

Disciplines:   Big Air, Slopestyle

Home Town:   Queenstown

Career Highlights:  

1st place Slopestyle World Cup, Spindleruv Mlyn 2022; Beijing 2022 Winter Olympian; 3rd Place World Cup Slopestyle, Mammoth Mountain 2022; 1st place, World Cup Slopestyle, Calgary, Canada, February 2020; 2nd place, World Cup Big Air, Beijing, China, November 2017; 3rd place World Cup Slopestyle, January 2018, Snowmass, USA;  Bronze medal, slopestyle, Junior World Champs 2017.



Biography

Until the age of eight, winter was a pretty boring time for the young Tiarn Collins who loved to skateboard and hated it when the weather was too cold to get out. Skiing wasn't really his thing either but then he tried snowboarding and everything changed...

Fast forward another eight years and Tiarn finds himself in Norway, his family with him to cheer him on as he comes tantalisingly close to making the podium at the 2016 Youth  Olympic Winter Games. Tiarn stomped his slopestyle run, briefly sitting in the bronze medal spot until Rene Rinnekangas of Finland scored 1.5 points higher and pushed the young Kiwi back into fourth.

Tiarn was still "super happy" with his Youth Olympic Games experience and  fully agrees, winter's not so boring now! Tiarn spent the 2016/2017 Northern Hemisphere winter following the World Cup circuit and achieved some impressive results. Tiarn finished 6th in Slopestyle at the World Cup in Kreischberg, Austria in January 2017. He placed 17th in Big Air World Cups at Copper Mountain, USA (December 2016) and Moscow, Russia (January 2017). The highlight of the season came with the very last competition with Tiarn earning a bronze medal in slopestyle at the Junior World Championships in the Czech Republic.

Tiarn was named Steve Mowat Building & Construction Ltd Junior Sportsman of the Year at the  2017 ASB Otago Sports Awards.

He achieved his first World Cup podium in November 2017 with a silver Big Air and went on to claim a bronze medal in Slopestyle in January 2017. Tiarn was selected to represent NZ in Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games but a training accident just days before the Games started kept him out of competition.

Tiarn overcame the disappointment of missing out on competing at the 2018 Olympics due to injury, making his comeback in November 2018 at the Big Air World Cup in Italy. Getting straight back in the mix and ready to compete with the world’s best, Tiarn qualified second in his heat and finished eighth in the finals. From there Tiarn went on to compete at the Air and Style Big Air World Cup in Beijing, putting down another strong qualifying run to make finals in fifth and finish 11th overall. 

Unfortunately, Tiarn's injury continued to trouble him and he was once again sidelined for the 2019 season. By 2020 Tiarn was back on form, and landed his first World Cup win in Slopestyle at Calgary, Canada in February 2020.

In January 2022 Tiarn rode his way back onto the podium at the Mammoth Mountain Slopestyle World Cup finishing in 3rd place. He then went on to represent New Zealand at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games where he finished 18th in Slopestyle and 23rd in Big Air.

In March 2022 Tiarn had the second World Cup win of his career at the Spindleruv Mlyn Slopestyle World Cup. In the final event of the season in Silvaplana Tiarn dropped in wearing the yellow bib. Although he finished in seventh place he had done enough this season to secure the Crystal Globe, becoming the first Kiwi snowboarder to ever claim the title.

He spends NZ winters training at Cardrona Alpine Resort and  when not competing is based in Breckenridge, USA for the Northern Hemisphere season. 

Check out more of Tiarn's FIS results here and World Snowboard Tour results here, or follow him on social media


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