When Nico Porteous won the Bronze Olympic Medal for the Freeski Halfpipe at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, he made history.
Skier: At just 16 years of age, Nico became NZ’s youngest Olympic medallist, NZ’s first freeskier to earn an Olympic medal and the first male NZ athlete to medal at the Winter Olympic Games. Nico began skiing at the age of four on a family holiday to France. With Mum, Dad and older brother Miguel already keen skiers, he was determined not to miss out. With a solid skill base from race training under his belt, Nico made the switch to freeskiing at the age of nine and quickly began chalking up a string of top level results.
By thirteen he joined his brother chasing back to back winters, training and competing in Breckenridge in the USA and Cardrona Alpine Resort in NZ, balancing his sports commitments with school work.
As one of the youngest skiers on the circuit he earned the nickname Nipsy but also the respect of the freeski elite.
Invitations to attend firstly as a forerunner and then as a bona fide competitor saw Nico showcasing his skills at the likes of X Games, Air+Style and the Jon Olsson Invitational.
The 2015-2016 season saw Nico claim wins in freeski halfpipe at the Copper Mountain Rev Tour and the Calgary NorAM, earning him the overall title in FIS Freeski Halfpipe NorAM for the season.
In 2016, at the age of fourteen, Nico became the first Kiwi and youngest person in the world to land a triple cork 1440.
Nico is also a keen ice hockey fan and avid supporter of the Pittsburgh Penguins.