Victorian Institute of Sport

Stellar Scotty continues stunning season

Monday, 20 February 2017

Scotty James has continued his stellar year by winning gold at the Phoenix PyeongChang Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup whilst also claiming the 2016/17FIS Freestyle Snowboard World Cup series crown.


In an Australian first, Scotty James is the current World Cup, World Championship and X Games champion. He wears three of the four major world snowboard halfpipe crowns, the fourth being Olympic glory. It goes without saying that the Winter Olympic podium next year is on James’ radar.


James qualified for the final in fifth place. After a shaky start, only scoring 24.75 points in the first run of the final, James returned to his exceptional form to score 92.25 in the second run. It was his third and final run of the competition that secured the individual World Cup victory, scoring 96 points.

“I knew what I had to do to come away with the win today and I just had to let the rest do the talking” James said.


Although the World Cup season has come to a close, it is not the end for Scotty James who will now fly to the US for the next American Cup, before defending his World Championship title in Sierra Nevada, Spain in March.


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