Scotty James takes bronze in men's halfpipe
Monday, 19 February 2018
Popular young Winter Olympic flag bearer Scotty James has made Australian sporting history with the country’s first men’s snowboard medal at a Winter Olympics.
James’ bronze medal winning run of 92 points came in the opening round, and while he looked to improve on that score in the end he couldn’t match the veteran American Shaun White who snatched gold with his last run of 97.75.
The bronze medal run consisted of James pulling off a frontside double cork 1260 into a backside 1260. He then went into a frontside 1080 and a cab 540 before finishing off with a switch backside 1260. Which all added up to a spectacular performance in front of around one million Australian tv viewers.
The 23-year-old from Warrandyte said that although he wished that he “landed [his] second run” he was still proud of his efforts.
"I came out and did it the Australian way and gave it a real hard crack, I was expecting a really good battle and a battle it was," he said.
"I'm just grateful to be standing up on the podium." But the Victorian insists that the best is still to come.
"It's my goal is to come out here and ride as best as I can and fly my Australian flag in a sport that is not necessarily done by many Australians," he said.
"I'm very proud of my country and where I come from but I can assure you I am just getting started, you can expect to see a lot more of me in the future."
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