James Woods is Great Britain’s newest World Champion after taking gold at the ski slopestyle final at Park City, Utah.
After qualifying was postponed on Tuesday, Woodsy finished third in his heat to take his place in the 10-man final. He took the lead in the second run, making the best of the tricky wind conditions with a score of 86.68. During the third and final run, conditions continued to play havoc with just two competitors able to improve their scores.
That left Woods in the podium-topping position ahead of Norway’s Birk Ruud (85.40) and USA’s two-time Olympic medallist Nick Goepper (85.18).
It is the second time Woods has stood on the World Championships podium after finishing third in 2017 at Sierra Nevada, Spain.
Woods’ long-time coach Pat Sharples paid tribute to event organisers for managing to complete the ski slopestyle event in the face of weather which has hampered the overall World Championships programme.
Take a look at his gold medal run!
“The last couple of days have been incredibly tough,” said Sharples. “The conditions have been really difficult due to heavy snowfall and high winds, but all the athletes, support staff, coaches and event staff have done their best to make the event happen.”
The ladies’ ski slopestyle has not yet made it to the qualification stage due to the adverse weather with organisers still monitoring conditions to see if there is a window in the competition programme to run the event.
Should it go ahead, Izzy Atkin will be looking to add to the World Championships ski slopestyle bronze she won in 2017 as well as the third place she achieved in ski big air on Saturday.
The adverse weather conditions have forced the cancellation of the snowboard big air competition, with Rowan Coultas and Matt McCormick now waiting to join Jamie Nicholls in slopestyle later in the programme.
In Sweden today, ski racer Jack Gower opened Great Britain’s campaign at the World Alpine Championship however he failed to finish the race after missing the final gate of the course.
Paralympic gold-winning alpine skiers Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe followed up their World Championships success on Wednesday with a victory and a second place finish in the two super G World Cup races in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. Another super G race is scheduled for tomorrow before giant slalom races later in the week.