Jarryd Hughes lined up for his second Olympic Games at PyeongChang in what proved to be a historic event, as the 22-year-old claimed the silver medal in a hotly contested men's snowboard cross final.
The 22-year-old finished just behind Sochi 2014 gold medallist and current World Champion Pierre Vaultier (France) and was joined on the podium by Spain's Regino Hernandez who took bronze. A spot in the big final came after Hughes and fellow Aussie Alex Pullin finished 2-1 in the semi-final, proving Australia was on the hunt for an Olympic medal. Hughes came flying out of the start gate in the Olympic final and managed to hold on to second place despite a number of athletes, Pullin included, crashing in the final. Hughes crossed the line in 2nd, claiming Australia's first medal in boardercross.
Competing at his first Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Hughes was ranked number two in the World on the FIS World Cup Rankings heading into the event. But luck was not on his side in his Olympic quarter-final. Hughes was near the front of the pack before being knocked off balance by Germany's Konstantin Schad, in a typical racing incident, placing him 17th overall.
After making his first mark on the international snowboard cross circuit in 2012, Hughes claimed a silver medal at the Junior World Champs the same year. In 2016, the youngster claimed the X-Games title in Aspen, CO, USA. Hughes led a historic 1-2 finish, with teammate Pullin in second. Proving he means business, Hughes burst into the 2017/18 Olympic season with a World Cup victory in Montafon.
Hughes' family owns the biggest skatepark in the southern hemisphere called Monster Skate Park.