From Sochi to Valmalenco: Young gun Jarryd Hughes in interview

02 April 2014 22:25
Jarryd Hughes
Jarryd Hughes -

Jarryd Hughes is one of the top newcomers in snowboard cross. The 18-year-old just started professional riding four years ago, but already qualified for his first Olympic Games in Sochi (RUS) for Australia and was a serious contender for the SBX crystal globe until the last World Cup races. In the end, he finished an outstanding fourth place, missing the podium by only 30 points. Hughes first made his mark at the 2012 Junior World Championships, winning silver. At the Junior Worlds in Valmalenco (ITA), he took fifth spot.

FIS took the opportunity to talk with him.

After your first World Cup season and Sochi, what does it mean to you to be competing at the Junior Worlds?

It’s great just to be able to come to the Junior Worlds and compete. It is a title I still haven’t won. We have some great competitors and kids coming up from nowhere. It is just awesome to be here and compete with my friends.

How much energy do you still have left?

I got to go home for a bit before I came to the Junior Worlds and spent a few days surfing and hanging out with my friends. It definitely replenished my energy and I am feeling good.

How would you summarize your past season?

Memorable! It was a great season. I got to go to the Olympics, which was amazing. It was extremely exciting to be racing all season at such a high level.

What will you be doing in the off-season?

I am going to go home and just relax, just have a nice off-season, hang out at home and catch up with some friends.

Who is your biggest hero in the sport?

Actually, there are a few; I have been able to have some great support from double Olympic Champion Seth Wescott (USA) and reigning Olympic champ Pierre Vaultier (FRA). They have been amazing helping me on the World Cup and I could compete against them. It has been great, having two of the best riders in snowboard cross help me.

What is your goal for next season?

Improve on the past season. Everyone on the World Cup is a great rider and I’ll take it as it comes while trying to do well. Ending up on the podium in the end of the season and winning a crystal globe would surely be nice!