Thredbo Snow Ambassadors
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.
Keep an eye out and you might even run into one of the long list of athletes on the slopes this winter.
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.
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