Growing up near Sydney, Russ Henshaw first encountered snow at the age of four and a year later started competitive skiing. Henshaw spent the next seven years skiing with the Thredbo Ski Racing Club and became an accomplished alpine skier, winning the Australian Under 12 slalom title and placing second in giant slalom.
Under the guidance of coach Nick Draxl, Henshaw also spent time in the Thredbo terrain park exploring freeskiing. At the age of 15, he joined the European circuit and has been competing internationally ever since.
In the 2010/11 season, Henshaw made a name for himself when he grabbed Slopestyle silver in the X Games in Aspen and bronze in the World Championships in Park City, USA.
Henshaw tore his ACL in 2011, and in order to expidiate his recovery, his father donated part of his hamstring. In 2013, having just placed second in the Copper Mountain World Cup and preparing for the X Games, he tore the same ACL but opted for rehabilitation instead of surgery with the Olympics just 12 months away. Henshaw spent the Australian winter working hard to build up strength in his leg with the view to joining the circuit again at the end of 2013.
He hasn't competed extensively in the pre-Olympic season but when he has he has delivered. From three starts he won three bronze across two World Cups and the Dew Tour event.
In 2009, Henshaw featured in a skiing film called "In Deep".