Australian snowboard champion Scotty James has cemented his reputation as the world’s top halfpipe competitor, having clinched his third X Games Aspen gold in four years at the prestigious Superpipe at the X Games Aspen. The snowboarder from Warrandyte has won every halfpipe contest he entered in the 2018-2019 season and now the first three of the 2019-2020 season.

“The feeling never gets old. Winning is such an amazing feeling. So much hard work goes into this,” James said. “That feeling is unbelievable. To do it here at X Games is very, very special to me. X Games is a pinnacle for us. I dreamt of getting one X Games medal and I’ve added another one to my collection. So I’m absolutely pumped and just excited about the whole event.”

James entered the event as the defending gold medallist, holding off Japan’s Yuto Totsuka and Switzerland’s Jan Sherrer to take to the top of the podium again. James says keeping up with the high level of competition keeps the winning feeling fresh.

“Riding the halfpipe is getting more and more technical. It’s becoming more and more physically demanding. So when you get to stand on top of the podium, the feeling is still much the same as the first one.”

X Games host Jack Mitram said of James ,“Not even Shaun White won 10 straight in a row, I don’t think. To be that consistent in a  sport like snowboarding is just unheard of….he’s far beyond.”

The three time World Champion has also won an Olympic bronze medal at PyeongChang in 2018, a total of five X Games medals including his three gold, and nine FIS World Cup medals (6 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze).

The Superpipe contest had a new format, with a 30-minute jam session in the eight-rider final as opposed to the traditional untimed three-run final format. The winner was determined more by overall performance instead of their best score on a single run. The best single run still makes up the bulk of a rider’s standings — but a small percentage is about that overall impression.

The format favoured James. “I really enjoyed it”, he said. “I think it was an awesome show and display of snowboarding and how you have to diversify yourself and your tricks,” James said. “Historically that’s what snowboarding has always been about. It’s a way to express your creativity and a format like this really does that.”

Other Australians competing include Jackson Strong from Lockhart in regional NSW  – 6-time X Games Best Trick gold medallist  – and Rob Adelberg from Benalla, who’s earned 9 medals in 11 XG starts since X Games Aspen 2018. Both will both compete in Moto X and Snow Bike X over the weekend.

Source: Aspen Snowmass