Snow chance I’ll miss Bei­jing

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Sydney Confidential -

RE­CENTLY sin­gle Olympic snow­boarder Scotty James just wants to be loved like most of us.

But the 24-year-old is re­al­is­tic when it comes to the pres­sures of a relationship on top of his busy ca­reer trav­el­ling the world.

“I am open to it, for sure, but ob­vi­ously the pri­or­ity is my sport, which is a big com­mit­ment for me,” James told Con­fi­den­tial. “If I was to have a part­ner, it is a lot of trav­el­ling and time away from them and over­all it can be pretty tough but, of course, ev­ery­one needs a bit of lov­ing.”

James has been sin­gle since March and is cur­rently en­joy­ing his “off season” in Mount Buller.

He won a bronze medal in the half-pipe at the Win­ter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, in Fe­bru­ary, where he was also the Aus­tralian flag-bearer.

While the Oak­ley am­bas­sador has plenty of com­pe­ti­tions ahead of him be­fore the next Olympics in Bei­jing, he has his sights firmly set on win­ning gold for his coun­try in four years’ time.

“I will ab­so­lutely still be com­pet­ing,” he de­clared. “I will be turn­ing 28 that year. If I play my cards right and make sure I look af­ter my­self, I will most def­i­nitely be at Bei­jing in 2022. Be­ing 24, I can see what helps to keep me in shape and what doesn’t, and mak­ing sure that I can mod­er­ate things if I need to. Ob­vi­ously drink­ing and par­ty­ing, I don’t do much of it any­way; it is about keep­ing up with the fit­ness.” The ath­lete con­tin­ued: “My eyes are set firmly on the gold. I will keep chip­ping away at it and even­tu­ally it will work up but I try not to look too far into the fu­ture be­cause you can lose track of what your goals are.”

James won gold at the Win­ter X Games in Aspen in 2017 and also has a sil­ver and two bronze medals. He has two golds from the World Cham­pi­onships.

At 188cm tall, James is much taller than most of his com­peti­tors. “I don’t know if it is in­tim­i­dat­ing,” he said.

“Maybe be­cause I am a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, it might shake my com­peti­tors a lit­tle bit.”

Chan­tal Mon­aghan (left) with Ju­lia Gardell and Sa­man­tha Har­ris, and (be­low) with Har­ris, in the Jo Mercer Spring Sum­mer cam­paign.

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