James wins his third Halfpipe World Championship
Monday, 11 February 2019
Victorian Institute of Sport’s snowboarding ace, Scotty James, has taken out a third consecutive Halfpipe world title in Utah.
“I was pinching myself when I won my second world title, and I’m triple pinching myself now that I’ve won my third one, it’s absolutely amazing,” the 24-year-old said.
“The level of riding was incredible, I was on my toes, I knew those last two guys behind me had a lot in them to pull it together so I just wanted to land that run and do it the way I wanted to, so I’m over the moon.”
After scoring an unbeaten 94.25 in his first run, James then went on to beat his own score with an incredible 97.50 on his third run.
The win continues James’ unbeaten season so far, which includes a gold medal at the X Games and championships across Europe and North America.
Sitting in gold medal position with the final three aerial skiers still to come down the hill at Deer Valley in Utah, VIS’ Laura Peel narrowly missed out on a medal at the FIS Freestyle World Championships.
However, as each competitor came down the hill, Peel slowly saw the medal disappear until eventually her score of 87.77 was not enough to secure a medal with Mengtao Xu rounding out the podium with her score of 89.88.
Ladies' Aerial Skiing
- Laura Peel – 4th
- Britt George – 19th
In the Team Aerials event, VIS triple Olympian David Morris temporarily came out of retirement to help Team Australia claim seventh position alongside Laura Peel and Britt George.