Meet the crew! Thredbo is stoked to support and that all of our ambassadors call the mountain their home, training ground and playground! From Gold Medal Olympians to Local Ambassadors we’re proud to help these athletes achieve their dreams on snow and in the mountain bike park.
Keep an eye out and you might even run into one of the long list of athletes on the mountain.
Going into her seventh year, Torah Bright is a long-time Thredbo ambassador and can be regularly seen around the village with her small family. A three time Olympian, Torah has competed in Women’s Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Snowboard-Cross at Sochi 2014, Vancouver 2010 and Torino 2006 and is a household name beyond Australian snowboarding.
Competing in PyeongChang 2018 and Sochi 2014, Jarryd Hughes is best known for the historic event where the then 22-year-old claimed a silver medal in a hotly contested men’s snowboard-cross. Hughes has ranked number two in the World on the FIS World Cup Rankings after making his first mark on the international snowboard cross circuit in 2012.
Tess Coady is back with a bang following an injury at PyeongChang 2018. The 2017 World Junior Champion and Australia’s first-ever World Cup slopestyle gold medallist at Seiser Alm, Italy recently took out a bronze medal at the World Championships. Tess joins snowboarding legend Torah Bright as the only Australian snowboarder to win a World Championship medal in slopestyle.
Named a teenage snowboarding prodigy at 11-years-old, Valentino Guseli, became the youngest person ever to perform a double backflip. Recently, the 16-year old broke the World Record for the highest halfpipe air which has been held by snowboard legend Shaun White for the last 11 years. Guseli will be looking to make his Olympic debut in Beijing 2022.
Australia’s youngest ever Winter Paralympian, Ben Tudhope is already a Paralympic veteran at the tender age of 21. Placed third in the men’s snowboard cross adaptive event at the 2016 Winter X Games in Colorado, USA, he has since competed at Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 and proudly carried the Australian flag at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony.
18 year-old snowboarder and Jindabyne local, Josie Baff made history to become Australia’s first winter youth Olympic champion. More recently, Josie competed in her first World Cup achieving a top 15 result. Josie now has her eyes set on making her Olympic debut in Beijing 2022.
A true all-rounder and Snowy Mountains local, Abi Harrigan started skiing at the age of 2. The now 19-year-old placed 3rd at in the Slopestyle competition and 4th in the Big Air at the 2019 Australian New Zealand Cup and competed in her first World Cup Halfpipe competition in 2019 where she placed 18th.
Joey and Arkie Ellis
Brother and sister duo Joey and Arkie Ellis grew up in Thredbo’s unique alpine village. When the roads were snowed in, they swapped school days with riding days, destined to grow up with a love for the mountains. They will be seen riding Australia’s Best Ski Resort alongside their Olympic counterparts. Flashback to when the then groms talk about why they love Thredbo in 2016 here.
Growing up in Thredbo, Jye was already riding for Burton and landing magazine covers by age 13. In 2016 he was one of the only southern hemisphere snowboarders to make a debut in an internationally recognised snowboard film with Method Magazine.
Ranked 43rd on the global leader board, Kye is making his mark in the world of mountain biking. Kye fell in love with the sport after coming to Thredbo and since then has won multiple Australian Downhill National Championships and in 2019 became Junior World Champion. Kye has won ‘King of Cannonball’ at Cannonball MTB Festival and rides for the Canyon Factory Team.
A girl boss in the mountain bike park, Sian is the current Downhill Australian National Champion and Oceania Downhill Champion. Sian got into MTB through her brother Kye and now rides for Norco, Troy Lee Designs, SRAM, Oakley, and Maxxis. She has been awarded “Queen of Cannonball” multiple times and the overall Thredbo Gravity Series Champion. Look out for her over summer shredding all the trails.
Born and bred in the Snowy Mountains, Tegan has been a Thredbo MTB ambassador for ten years and knows the mountain inside out. The 24-year-old stepped onto the world stage in 2014 winning the Junior World Championships, and has been the National Downhill Champion multiple times. Tegan now works for Thredbo MTB as a Gravity Girls Coach and MTB Instructor.
After starting on the BMX track, Jackson has become a gun all-mountain rider tackling everything from Pump Track to BMX to Downhill. He now calls Thredbo his home mountain and is considered the underdog in Australian Downhill racing.
A one of a kind in the mountain biking world, David is known as one of the most stylish and talented free-race riders in the world. He’s been crowned a Whip Wars Champion at Cannonball MTB Festival and has also podiumed at Crankworx Whip Off. David rides Specialized, Deity, Vans, Fasthouse, Fist, and now focuses on creating video content and trail building at Thredbo and other parks worldwide.
Tom Crimmins is a legend mountain biker in Thredbo and has raced in many World Cups, World Champs and Crankworx events. Growing up riding the Thredbo MTB Park, he is known to dominate any track on the mountain and is no stranger to the Thredbo’s Cannonball MTB Festival, winning the Flow Motion Cup multiple times.
Following in the steps of his older brother Tom, Andrew climbed the ladder in the mountain biking world from a young age, shooting to the top of the sport at 15 and gaining many international sponsors. Andrew is the only person to ever beat Troy Brosnan in the Australian Open Downhill at Cannonball MTB Festival. He is also a Multiple National Champion & National Series Junior Champion.
Jackson is a rising star in Australian Downhill, having won multiple National Downhill Championships and Multiple Australian Open Downhill Championships. His first time up into the mountain bike park was at Thredbo when he was seven years old. At the time, he was the youngest person ever to ride the park by over four years.
Tim has done it all when it comes to Australian Downhill. He has been crowned the ‘King of Cannonball’ at Cannonball MTB Festival twice and the Thredbo Super Enduro Champion multiple times. He now focuses on Enduro and the Enduro World Series, racing everything from World Cups, Enduro World Series and Crankworx.
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