Born in Sydney, Henshaw strapped on his first pair of skis when he was three. A dozen years later, encouraged by national under-12 slalom titles, his parents moved to Jindabyne, the golden gateway to the NSW snowfields. Now he spends most of the year with his passport in his pocket on a world dream snowfields tour; home maybe for ten days for Christmas in the northern winter, anywhere from his beloved Thredbo to New Zealand or even South America during the southern winter.
Henshaw is one of the fastest rising alpine athletes in the world: the 2011 northern hemisphere winter saw him win Winter X Games and World Championship medals, land the world’s second-ever triple cork and establish himself as one of the most innovative skiers of his generation.
With slopestyle just added to the Winter Olympic program for Soichi in 2014, it also makes him one of Australia’s brightest gold medal prospects. “It’ll be a dream come true to represent my country,” he says.