Scotty James of Australia celebrates after his final run.
Scotty James of Australia celebrates after his final run.

Aussie star edged in ‘greatest final ever seen’

ONE of the great half-pipe runs in X Games history has prevented Australian snowboarder Scotty James winning a key Winter Olympic lead-up event.

The 23-year-old’s final run of 98 in the Aspen event (Monday AEDT) would have won gold in any of the past five competitions in Colorado but it wasn’t enough to better an immense effort from Japanese rival Ayumu Hirano.

Hirano landed consecutive quadruple spins in his final run to give the Olympic silver medallist 99 out of 100 and relegate the world champion to second place.

 

 

Yuto Totsuka #6 of Japan, Shaun White #2 and Scotty James #1 of Australia pose on the medals podium.
Yuto Totsuka #6 of Japan, Shaun White #2 and Scotty James #1 of Australia pose on the medals podium.

 

 

Watch the stunning turn of events in the video player above.



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