Nathan Johnstone recovered in the strongest possible way from a season ending ankle injury just before the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 posting his career's best results in the 2010/11 season winning both, the 2011 World Championships and the Halfpipe World Cup title.
Hailing from Mona Vale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Johnstone is a product of the Ski and Snowboard Australia athlete pathway, having graduated from the New South Wales Institute of Sport Snowboard Development program to become an Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Scholarship athlete in April 2008.
Johnstone made his first visit to the podium in March 2008, in Stoneham, Canada in what was just the third World Cup of his career.
The Perisher rider then collected two silver medals and another top ten result from the six World Cup events he contested in 2008/09, finishing the season ranked as #2 of the FIS World Cup.
Nate Johnstone’s Vancouver 2010 dreams were shattered a month before the Games by a training injury in the United States.
Johnstone suffered a mishap during a routine halfpipe drill at a pre-Olympic training camp in Gaylord, Michigan, sustaining an ankle fracture and a twisted ankle.
Johnstone put this disappoint behind him for the 2010/11 season in emphatic fashion, claiming Gold at the 2011 Snowboard World Championships in La Molina, Spain, and also winning the Freestyle Snowboard Overall World Cup and Halfpipe titles, to become the first Australian snowboarder to take home two Crystal Globe trophies, the ultimate prize in World Cup competition.
Ever since 'Nate' has achieved several other good results having a total of eight podium finishes, including four wins, to his belt before entering the 2014 Olympic season.
Johnstone, without any doubt the best halfpipe rider of his home country, is also a talented surfer, and when at home on Sydney’s northern beaches enjoys spending as much time in the waves as possible.