Ski slopestyle: James Woods wins X Games bronze

Meet slopestyle skier James Woods - one of GB's best medal prospects for Sochi 2014

Great Britain's top slopestyle skier James Woods won bronze at the X Games.external-link

Woods, 21, from Sheffield qualified for the final in first place but was beaten by American Nick Goepper and Sweden's Henrik Harlaut in Sunday's showdown.

Woods was second behind Goepper after two of the three runs in Aspen, Colorado, with a best score of 91.33.

But Harlaut moved up into the silver medal after a 92.66 in his final run, with Woods only able to score 92.00 while Goepper won with 94.00.

The Briton, who has won the first two World Cups of the season, is one of the medal favourites in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where slopestyle will make its Olympic debut.

The sportexternal-link sees skiers and snowboarders judged on the speed and execution of the tricks they perform on jumps, rails and boxes.

Woods won his second consecutive ski slopestyle World Cup in Colorado earlier this month, gathering enough points to all-but secure Team GB one of the four available spots at Sochi.


Aimee Fuller was the only British woman invited to compete in the X Games and she could only manage eighth place in the snowboard slopestyle final on Buttermilk Mountain on Saturday.

Britain's experienced snowboard cross racer Zoe Gillings was also in action on Saturday at the World Championships at Stoneham in Canada. She finished 10th after just missing out in qualifying for the final, hampered by riders falling in front of her.


At the World Championships in St Moritz, Switzerland, Great Britain secured three team places for the first time in the women's race. All finished in the top 20, with former junior world champion Paula Walker, who was hampered by a knee injury, the highest placed in 14th.

In the men's two-man, John Jackson and Craig Pickering were 19th. Britain came seventh in the team event which saw Kristan Bromley, Lizzy Yarnold, Walker and Jackson each complete a run of the track. Afterwards Yarnold tweeted: external-link"Here are the team race results. Seventh place for GB1- so proud! 12 skeleton athletes and I slid the second fastest time!"


British ice dance duo Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland recorded their best result, finishing fifth at the European Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. The duo, coached by Russian Evgeni Platov, the 1994 and 1998 Olympic ice dance champion, scored 152.95 points.

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