Australian Snowboarder Scotty James won bronze in the men’s halfpipe event at this year’s Winter Olympics. In doing so, he became the first men’s snowboarder from Australia to claim a medal at the Olympics.
The 23-year-old Aussie got the event off to a flyer with a fantastic first run score of 92 points. This was soon eclipsed by the favourite to win, American Shaun White, who carded a near perfect run of 94.25 to take the lead after the first runs had completed. The Americans first run was almost enough to claim gold by itself, as only one other competitor was able to better this score after two runs.
This would leave Hirana with a silver medal and James taking the bronze. James had a chance to improve his score on his second run and pressure Hirana and White. However, he pushed too hard and went down halfway through his run. He got penalised heavily for the fall, only managing a below average 81.25, meaning he would have to settle for his first runs score.
This meant White would go on to snatch gold in this year’s event, claiming his third gold medal in the men’s halfpipe. White also won the event in 2006 and 2010. This caps the perfect result for White’s glittering career and cements him as the world’s greatest snowboarder.
Australia just needs to secure one more medal in this year’s event, to match their medal tally of three from Sochi four years ago. Matt Graham claimed Australia’s first medal earlier this week, by winning silver in the men’s moguls.