Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

James wins bronze in snowboard halfpipe

James wins bronze in snowboard halfpipe James wins bronze in snowboard halfpipe
Patty Aguilar | 15 February, 2018, 20:12

Australian snowboarder Scotty James has revealed he was listening to an AC/DC song during the run which netted him a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea yesterday.

James scored 92.00 on his first run, which included his party trick - a switch backside 1260 he feels doesn't get enough credit from judges.

James slid out on his final run, leaving White, the king of snowboarding, needing a big run to take gold off Hirano.

Hirano, who led with his 95.25 in the second of three rounds, slotted between the two.

It was the jubilant White who came up with the goods though, capturing his third Games halfpipe gold on the last run of competition as he overtook young gun Hirano.

James has claimed golds twice at the world championships and once in the Winter X Games but vowed to come back bigger and better in 2022 for a crack at that elusive Winter Olympic gold.

"My goal was to come out here and ride the best I can and fly my Australian flag in a sport that is not necessarily done by Australians", James said.

"I'm very proud of my country and where I come from but I can assure you that I'm just getting started".

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James becomes the second Australian medallist of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics after Matt Graham won silver in the moguls.

The bronze is Australia's 14th Winter Olympics medal and fifth bronze.

"I was expecting a real hard battle, and a battle it was".

As he proved during the second run on Monday, the 23-year-old is not afraid of eclipsing White and forcing the American to deliver his best run at any time. Honestly, today for me is I get one opportunity every four years to show my country, Australia, what I do.

"I'm listening to some AC/DC, I always listen to "Back In Black", and I'm dropping in, talking to myself saying, 'Okay relax Scotty", he said.

"I think I displayed that as well is I could".

The two-time Olympic champion is one of a few American medal hopefuls along with Ben Ferguson, who rocketed up the leaderboard to fourth with a first-run score of 91.00.

Scotty James with his family after winning bronze.

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