MUST READ: Snowboard sensation James clinches third world title

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Australian lands near perfect halfpipe run in Utah as Mastro bags women’s bronze.

Snowboard sensation Scotty James continued his stunning season with his third straight halfpipe gold medal at the FIS World Championships in Utah as Maddie Mastro bagged bronze in the women’s event. Here is all you need to know:

– James had already triumphed at the LAAX Open and Winter X Games in the last few weeks with his first run seeing the judges hand him a superb 94.25 score.

– Japan’s Yuto Totsuka produced 92.25 in the second run to try and bridge the gap before James stomped a near perfect 97.50 in the final run to put gold beyond doubt with Switzerland’s Patrick Burgener third (91.25).

– The 24-year-old from Melbourne became the first man to claim three wins in the event after his earlier victories at Kreischberg 2015 and Sierra Nevada 2017.

– He enthused: “I was pinching myself when I won my second world title and I’m triple pinching myself now that I’ve won my third. The level of riding was incredible. I knew the two guys behind me had a lot in them, so I just wanted to land that run and do it the way I wanted to. I’m over the moon.”

– In the women, American Mastro was out of the medals heading into the third and final run however the 18-year-old landed a great run of 82 to edge out Spain’s Queralt Castellet for bronze with American Chloe Kim in gold (93.50) and China’s Can Xuetong in silver (84).

– Californian Mastro said: “It’s been pretty cool. I went to the last World Championships two years ago and I made finals, but it didn’t really go my way so it’s great to come back and have some redemption in that way.”

– Elsewhere, Estonian freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru has been nominated for January’s Athlete of the Month by the United States Sports Academy.

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