Nico Porteous won bronze Olympic Winter Games medal at PyeongChang 2018, becoming New Zealand's youngest Olympic medallist. His heartfelt reaction to his win will go down in New Zealand history as the teenaged Porteous looked in disbelief at his medal-winning score. Following just 90 minutes after Zoi Sadowski-Synnott's bronze medal, Nico's win saw the overall New Zealand Olympic Winter medal count tripled in a single day.
Nico began skiing at the age of four on a family holiday to France. With Mum, Dad and older brother Miguel already keen skiers, Nico was determined not to miss out. With a solid skill base from race training under his belt, the Christchurch athlete made the switch to freeskiing at the age of nine and quickly began chalking up a string of top level results.
By thirteen Porteous had joined his brother Miguel chasing back to back winters, training and competing in Breckenridge in the USA and Cardrona Alpine Resort in NZ, balancing his sports commitments with school work. As one of the youngest skiers on the circuit he earned the nickname 'Nipsy' but also the respect of the freeski elite.
The 2015-2016 season saw Nico claim wins in freeski halfpipe at the Copper Mountain Rev Tour and the Calgary NorAM, earning him the overall title in FIS Freeski Halfpipe NorAM for the season.
In 2016, at the age of fourteen, Nico became the first Kiwi and youngest person in the world to land a triple cork 1440.
Porteous is also a keen ice hockey fan and avid supporter of the Pittsburgh Penguins.