Tiarn Collins represented New Zealand in snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle at the 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games in Oslo. He achieved career best performances in both disciplines, finishing fourth in slopestyle and fifth in halfpipe. Tiarn began following the World Cup circuit for Big Air and Slopestyle in 2017 and chalked up impressive results including 6th place in Slopestyle in Austria. He finished his 2017 season with a bronze medal in slopestyle at the Junior World Champs. Tiarn has been named to the NZ team to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.
Disciplines: Big Air, Halfpipe, Slopestyle
Career highlights: Bronze medal, slopestyle, Junior World Champs 2017; 4th place Snowboard Slopestyle, 5th place Snowboard Halfpipe, Youth Olympic Winter Games 2016; 6th place Slopestyle World Cup, Kreischberg, Austria, 2017
Until the age of eight, winter was a pretty boring time for the young Tiarn Collins who loved to skateboard and hated it when the weather was too cold to get out. Skiing wasn't really his thing either but then he tried snowboarding and everything changed...
Fast forward another eight years and Tiarn finds himself in Norway, his family with him to cheer him on as he comes tantalisingly close to making the podium at the 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games. Tiarn stomped his slopestyle run, briefly sitting in the bronze medal spot until Rene Rinnekangas of Finland scored 1.5 points higher and pushed the young Kiwi back into fourth.
Tiarn was still "super happy" with his Youth Olympic Games experience and fully agrees, winter's not so boring now! Tiarn spent the 2016/2017 Northern Hemisphere winter following the World Cup circuit and achieved some impressive results. Tiarn finished 6th in Slopestyle at the World Cup in Kreischberg, Austria in January 2017. He placed 17th in Big Air World Cups at Copper Mountain, USA (December 2016) and Moscow, Russia (January 2017). The highlight of the season came with the very last competition with Tiarn earning a bronze medal is slopestyle at the Junior World Championships in the Czech Republic.
Tiarn was named Steve Mowat Building & Construction Ltd Junior Sportsman of the Year at the 2017 ASB Otago Sports Awards.
He spends NZ winters training at Cardrona Alpine Resort and when not competing is based in Breckenridge, USA for the Northern Hemisphere season.