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An obvious standout and a favorite to top the podium, the 19-year-old will have serious pressure at the Sochi Games. Though he is making his Olympic debut and will have to overcome the nerves that come with that, he appears poised and ready. When interviewed by The Indianapolis Star from his home state, he seemed confident.
“My body feels great. I’m figuring out my runs. I’m figuring out the different route tricks and the different jumps,” he said while standing at the bottom of the course after completing several runs. “We got tons of practice, which is cool, so we got a lot of time to figure out our runs.”
After a hip injury sustained while training last Friday nearly cost Woods his Olympic dreams, the 22-year-old British skier has been cleared to compete. His return to the slopes is now clouded with questions about whether or not he is ready for a peak performance, but he is regarded as one of the best in the world and is a factor to watch.
Henshaw will be representing Australia and the 23-year-old has been routinely holding his own against top company, proving himself very capable here. He has the ability to pull off incredibly high air and land difficult tricks, making him a major medal threat.