Miguel is a 2018 Winter Olympian in Freeski Halfpipe. He also represented New Zealand in halfpipe and slopestyle at the 2014 and 2015 FIS Freeski Junior World Championships. In 2017 he received an invite to compete at X Games Aspen - initially only as an alternate before gaining a start spot when another competitor withdrew from injury – and not only put a run to his feet but earned the silver medal.
Disciplines: Halfpipe, Big Air
Career highlights: 2018 Winter Olympian; 2nd place X Games superpipe, Aspen, USA, 2017; 6th place halfpipe World Cup, Copper Mountain, USA, 2016; 7th place halfpipe 2015 FIS Freeski Junior World Championships; Invited to compete at X Games Oslo 2016
Lucky enough to have parents who love skiing and thought time on snow would be a great way for the family to spend time together, Miguel first got sliding at the age of three. From his first lessons at Cardrona Alpine Resort and then inspired by a video of a Redbull Big Air event in Australia given to him by his grandmother, Miguel now spends close to 200 days of the year on snow.
Balancing training with school work and family time is important to Miguel. Luckily, younger brother Nico is hot on his heels and travels the world training and competing alongside his big bro. Skype family dinners are also a regular part of the routine so Mum and Dad get to join in the fun as well.
Miguel achieved a career best result at his first halfpipe World Cup in Copper Mountain, USA in 2016, finishing in 6th place and topped this in early 2017 finishing second in superpipe at X Games. Miguel was named to the NZ Team for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea where he finished 17th in Halfpipe.
As well as a talent skier, Miguel is also a keen surfer, skater and photographer.