Aussie dom­i­na­tor

Alpine News - - News - By Adam Begg

AUS­TRALIAN Snow­boarder Scotty James has just com­pleted one of the most suc­cess­ful sea­sons of any com­pet­i­tive pro snow­boarder in his­tory. This north­ern win­ter sea­son he has ab­so­lutely dom­i­nated the elite level half­pipe events across the globe, leav­ing the world’s best in his wake.

James has been on the podium in nearly ev­ery event he has en­tered this sea­son, his com­pe­ti­tion runs are im­pres­sive to watch and are prov­ing un­beat­able. He has it all.

His am­pli­tude is as big as any­one in the com­pe­ti­tions and his reper­toire of tricks are tech­ni­cal, his style flaw­less.

Many crit­ics are say­ing he has the best back dou­ble cork 1260 in the pipe world. This ma­noeu­vre alone has been one of the ma­jor fac­tors for his im­pres­sive win­ning streak. The past two Win­ter Olympic cham­pi­ons both per­formed this trick.

Re­sults speak for them­selves and this sea­son James’ list of achieve­ments and re­sults are im­pres­sive to say the least. At the Olympic test event in Korea he won in what could be a pre­cur­sor to Fe­bru­ary 2018 at PyeongChang. He won the World Cham­pi­onships in Sierra Ne­vada, Spain be­com­ing the first rider in his­tory to grab con­sec­u­tive World Cham­pi­onships.

While he did slip up slightly at the US Open, only plac­ing sec­ond, he cer­tainly had us on the edge of our seats.

Fi­nally he won gold at Win­ter X Games in Aspen, back­ing up last year’s bronze at the same event. X Games are recog­nised by riders as the pin­na­cle event in snow­board­ing, and with back to back podi­ums all eyes are squarely on James as one of the emerg­ing stars of our sport. Or has he al­ready ar­rived this sea­son.

Snow­board­ing has two tours, the FIS tour who host World Cup events, World Cham­pi­onships and the Olympicss ev­ery four years, and the World Snow­boar­doard Fed­er­a­tion where most of the top riders com­pete out­side of Olympic years. s. James is in the top po­si­tion in both, cur­rent­lyrently lead­ing the World Snow­board tour r points list. He has also just se­cured his sec­on­de­cond crys­tal globe for win­ning the over­all­rall FIS tour for the 2016/2017 sea­son.

What does this mean? If you are talk­ing about the best men to drop into a half­pipe James will be on that list. He has beaten the last two Olympic Gold medal­lists nu­mer­ous times and has Shaun White, re­gard­e­drded as the best in his­tory re-think­ing his strat­egy and up­ping his train­ing regime leadin­gad­ing into Korea.

James has just jointly won best Aus­tralian ath­lete of the year and at present has some se­ri­ous mo­men­tum lead­ing into thehe Win­ter Olympic year in 2018. He is the per­fecter­fect rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Aus­tralia, con­sis­tent,is­tent, al­ways smil­ing, a nice guy and at the mo­ment al­ways on the podium.

PHOTO: Ma­teusz Kielpin­ski/FIS

PHOTO: Jeff Brock­meyer/ Red Bull Con­tent Pool ◆ HUGE: Scotty James launches out of the half­pipe at the US Open. ◆ CHAMP: Scotty James all smiles af­ter win­ning the 2017 FIS World Cham­pi­onship half­pipe.

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