Aussie legend Scotty James wins X Games halfpipe gold

Photo credit: X Games ESPN Phil Ellsworth

Australian snowboarder, Scotty James, has made history today with 10 straight competition wins in a row after securing X Games gold in Aspen.

The 25 year old snowboarder from Warrandyte, Melbourne, defended his 2019 title with style leading from start to finish with a victory lap ahead of his final run. 

James is Australia’s most successful male snowboarder to date. The three time World Champion won an Olympic bronze medal at PyeongChang in 2018, has a collection of X Games medals (3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) and nine FIS World Cup medals (6 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze).

He is also now officially the second most successful half pipe rider in X Games history behind 2018 Olympic Champion Shawn White.

“I knew everyone was going to come out tonight and go for it”  James said in the finish area seconds after finishing his run. “The variety tonight was really cool, and it definitely tested me.”

“In snowboarding we typically have one run in mind that we want to do, and tonight tested us all a little bit, we dropped from different sides, had different runs, and really channelled that inner snowboarder from back in the day, so it’s been very cool tonight.”

 

Japanese rider Yuto Totsuka took silver and Jan Scherrer from Switzerland bronze.

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