Scotty James takes silver in Calgary, wins World Cup Crystal Globe

Photo credit: FIS Snowboarding

Australian snowboarder Scotty James took silver at the FIS World Cup halfpipe season finale in Calgary today.

The Victorian snowboarder from Warrandyte remained undefeated this season, winning gold in every event he entered until Japan’s Ruka Hirano took first place in today’s event in Canada.

James, a three time World Champion, has won a record 11 consecutive golds over the last two seasons, and with the silver under his belt finished the season on the top of the leaderboard, securing his third overall FIS World Cup season Crystal Globe. He last won the globe in the 2016/2017 season.

James went into today’s halfpipe event at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park having qualified first. He laid down his silver run on his second of three runs with a score of 92.25. Seventeen year old Hirano  has sat on James’ tail alongside his fellow countryman, Yuto Totsuka, throughout the season.

The Japanese snowboarder stepped up in Calgary with a score of 92.75 on his second run and then trumped himself with 94.75 on this third to take home the gold. 

James has, this competition season, won an X Games gold, Dew Tour Gold and three FIS World Cup golds including US Grand Prix and one silver plus the Crystal Globe.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.