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; X Games silver medallist, superpipe, Aspen, USA, 2017
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.
Miguel achieved a career best result 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. He achieved the first World Cup medal of his career with a silver at Copper Mountain in December 2018.
Miguel received an invitation to compete at the 2018 Dew Tour joining Gus Kenworthy and Fabian Boasch for the Team Challenge. Their team took the win right out of the starting gate, with Miguel posting the top score in the Modified Superpipe portion of the event. At the next World Cup in China Miguel finished in sixth place. A knee injury put him out of action for the rest of the season but Miguel made his return to competition at the 2019 Winter Games NZ, where he qualified for the Freeski Halfpipe World Cup finals in third place and finished 10th overall.
As well as a talented skier, Miguel is also a keen surfer, skater and photographer, and is training to be a pilot.