Skiing is in Gustav Legnavsky’s blood.

His story is the classic tale of a Wanaka kid who grows up on the slopes of a skifield and dreams of going to the Olympic Games.

Until now, the youngest member of New Zealand’s Winter Olympics team had been keeping himself on the down low, despite his parents Peter and Bridget Legnavsky having high profile roles in New Zealand’s snow sports industry.

Gustav (16) said it was a dream come true to be selected to the freeski halfpipe team.

“It’s amazing, this time last year it was only a dream. It’s going to be surreal to be wearing the fern.”

He said he watched the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics as a 12-year-old and was in awe of Nico Porteous, who won a bronze medal.

“I have been 100% inspired by Nico. He was my age when he went to PyeongChang and did really well. It would be cool to keep that legacy going on,” Gustav said.

Mrs Legnavsky said Gustav – or Goosy as his family and friends call him – had been raised on skis at Cardrona, where both she and her husband worked.

“He has been working on it since he was about 2 and was doing nationals well before he was 5. He chose it quite young and two years ago decided to specialise in halfpipe at 14, which is quite unusual.

“Goosy has been quite under the radar, but it has been his plan. It is time for him to burst out, which is awesome . . . When you suddenly know your child is an Olympian, it is quite moving,” she said.

Gustav’s sister Zora agreed skiing was in the family’s blood and she was proud of her brother.

Peter Legnavsky, a former professional moguls skier from Slovakia, coaches his son and travels with him overseas.

In his roles as a Snow Sports New Zealand coach and Cardrona Park Squad programme manager, he has set up a pathway for freeskiers with international ambitions.

Mrs Legnavsky and Zora have not seen Gustav and Mr Legnavsky for many months.

They are in Switzerland and Covid travel restrictions mean the family may not be able to reunite for a long time.

Mr Legnavsky cannot travel to Beijing with his son because of Covid rules.

Gustav has had numerous podium finishes at FIS and European Cup halfpipe events, and in January achieved his career best result of 8th place at the Mammoth Mountain Halfpipe World Cup.