AUSTRALIAN athletes have continued to produce stellar results in the northern hemisphere season, with the standout being Scotty James (pictured above) who simply dominated in snowboard halfpipe.
James who won the Winter Olympic bronze medal in 2018 was unstoppable this season winning all his six halfpipe events for the perfect season.
He finished with wins at The Dew Tour, X Games, US Grand Prix, Laax Open and the US Burton Open, as well as a third consecutive FIS World Championship title, an unprecedented feat as the first-ever snowboarder to do so. Of winning his third-consecutive world title, the Melbournian said he couldn’t believe it.
“I was pinching myself when I won my second world title, and now I’m triple pinching myself that I’ve won my third. It’s amazing.”
Snowboard Cross rider Cameron Bolton had a breakthrough season claiming his maiden World Cup event in Feldberg, Germany in February. He then backed up that result with a bronze at the World Cup Final in Veysonnaz, Switzerland.
NSWIS Snowboard Cross athlete Adam Lambert captured a silver World Cup medal in Baqueira Beret, Spain. His second place finish was the 21-year-old’s first podium appearance since last season.
Valentino Guseli won the 2019 Burton US Open junior snowboard halfpipe jam for under 14 year olds after being runner up in 2018. “I’ve just been snowboarding, having fun and trying to send it and it’s finally paid off and I’m so happy,” said Guseli.
Aerial skier Laura Peel from Canberra won her second ever World Cup event, and the first in seven years when she graced the top step of the podium in Shimao Lotus Mountain, China. It was her second podium of the season after a second place in Moscow.
“I couldn’t be happier with how today went! We had some really tricky conditions with the temperature in double digits, and some swirling winds,” said Peel.
In moguls Australian Olympians Matt Graham and Jakara Anthony won men’s and women’s moguls World Championships silver medals in Deer Valley, Utah in February. Anthony had a breakthrough year winning her maiden world cup in Lake Placid, a silver medal in Mt Tremblant and a silver and bronze in Japan,
“It’s been an incredible night, Deer Valley is such a special event, skiing under the lights, and I had my whole family and a massive Australian crew here watching,” said Anthony.
Para Alpine vision impaired skier Mel Perrine and sighted guide Bobbi Kelly were crowned World Champions and had a medal haul winning one gold in women’s super combined, two silver and a bronze in Sella Nevea.
They added to their World Cup success at La Molina (ESP) where the pair won the first of two giant slalom events but slipped to third position in the third race. They finished second on both slalom occasions.
Triple Paralympian Mitchell Gourley picked up a medal for Australia, claiming bronze in the World Championship men’s slalom.
Australian Para snowboarders Ben Tudhope, Simon Patmore and Sean Pollard have completed an excellent World Cup campaign in La Molina, Spain which included multiple Snowboard Cross and Banked Slalom races.
Tudhope was a regular on the Lower Limb 2 podium across his four races, scoring two gold, one silver and one bronze after winning two golds in the world cup of the season.
While Patmore also found himself on the podium three times in the men’s Upper Limb category, claiming gold in his first race, followed up with a bronze and silver in the banked slalom races.
Teammate, Sean Pollard earlier in the season won a silver medal in a snowboard cross event in Big White, Canada.
GOLD: Laura Peel breaks her aerial gold drought of seven years.
JOY: Cam Bolton wins first ever snowboard cross World Cup.
MAIDEN: Jakara Anthony wins mogul gold at Lake Placid.