Tiarn Collins began his successful international career as a junior rider, finishing fourth in slopestyle and fifth in halfpipe at the 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games and claiming a bronze medal in slopestyle at the 2017 Junior World Champs. He then moved on to the World Cup Tour and won medals in Big Air and Slopestyle. Tiarn was selected to represent NZ at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games but a training accident in Pyeongchang just before the Games kept him from competing.
Disciplines: Big Air, 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 in slopestyle at the Junior World Championships in the Czech Republic.
He achieved his first World Cup podium in November 2017 with a silver Big Air and went on to claim a bronze medal in Slopestyle in January 2017. Tiarn was selected to represent NZ in Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games but a training accident just days before the Games started kept him out of competition.
Tiarn overcame the disappointment of missing out on competing at the 2018 Olympics due to injury, making his comeback in November 2018 at the Big Air World Cup in Italy. Getting straight back in the mix and ready to compete with the world’s best, Tiarn qualified second in his heat and finished eighth in the finals. From there Tiarn went on to compete at the Air and Style Big air World Cup in Beijing, putting down another strong qualifying run to make finals in fifth and finish 11th overall.
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.