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What is a Freeskier? Meet Lyndon Sheehan to Find Out

Lyndon Sheehan is one of the worlds best freeskiers and he also calls Wanaka, New Zealand home. He has travelled the globe skiing for contests, filming, training and also just for fun. He is incredibly talented and a natural athlete, which is probably why he has pages and pages of media coverage from print to film. All that does not come without hard work, both on the snow and in the gym, Lyndon puts in the hours for sure. The best thing is, that even with all that cool stuff going on, Lyndon is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.

Name: Lyndon Michael Sheehan Lyndon Sheehan
Age: 24 years young

Sport: Freeskiing Half Pipe

Nationality: New Zealander

So Lyndon, what is a freeskier?

A freeskier expresses their own style and creativity by doing different flips and spins in the half pipe, off jumps and on rails. It is a constantly evolving sport, and every year you see new tricks and new ways of doing them.       

What is it about skiing that keeps you coming back for more?

The ski culture is such a fun environment to be a part of. Sharing the thrills of learning new tricks, stomping the perfect run, getting first tracks, face shots and all the laughs with your friends… there really is nothing that beats it!

You are in the midst now of qualifying for the Russia Olympics, how exciting, what places will you be travelling to?

The 2014 Olympics to be held in Sochi, Russia, will be the first Olympics to include halfpipe skiing and slopestyle! So, yes, it is very exciting to be a part of it all. In the lead up to the Olympics I will be competing in various World Cups and World Championship events around the world. This season I will hit up Spain, Norway, Russia, France, Canada, the US and New Zealand in order to qualify.

Seven countries, awesome! Wanaka is home for you though, what is one thing about Wanaka that you love when you arrive back?

Growing up in Wanaka has given me a great appreciation for the outdoors and although I have travelled the globe and visited beautiful places I am always happiest to come home. I am proud to call Wanaka home and stoked to see how my childhood stomping grounds have been a staple for international skiers and riders to base themselves, to train for their summer riding.

Yeah so true! We are also proud you call Wanaka home! Thanks for chatting with us Lyndon; we wish you all the best for the rest of your competitions this year.

If you would like to find out more about Lyndon, he even has his own website, have a wee peek at


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Posted By: Paula Mitchell, @ Sat, 26th Jan 2013

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