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Scotty James posts perfect season while Peel finds gold after 7 years

4 March 2019

WINTER SPORTS: The unstoppable Scotty James has capped off an incredible season this weekend, finding gold at six out of six events, while aerial skier Laura Peel claimed gold at the Shimao Lotus Mountain World Cup.

It was at the Burton US Open Snowboard event at Vail, CO, USA that James completed a perfect 2018/19, taking out his sixth halfpipe gold medal for the season with a score of 92.00.

Claiming wins at The Dew Tour, X Games, US Grand Prix, FIS World Champs, Laax Open and the US Burton Open secured the 24-year-old an unprecedented three-consecutive world championships, and the first-ever snowboarder to do so.

James credits missing out on first place in the semis, with inspiring his most recent gold-winning run.

"I wanted to ride my snowboard the way I do, I was able to do that and I am over the moon," he said.

"It's been an amazing season and coming up second in the semis put a fire under my butt and I didn't like finishing there."

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."

Kent Callister finished ninth while Valentino Guselie placed 19th in the event.

Meanwhile, over in China, 29-year-old Laura Peel claimed her first win in seven years at the Shimao Lotus Mountain World Cup.

Her result was a well-deserved reward after a second place finish at Moscow just two weeks ago.

“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," Peel said of her second world cup win.

"I'm very grateful to my coaches for getting my speed right on all my jumps and super stoked I was able to put all my jumps down.”

Peel placed 10th the following day during the second event, while teammate Abbey Willcox finished 15th in the first event and 14th in the second and Brittany George placed 16th in the first and 13th in the second.

The Aussie winter team continued to impress, with Adam Lambert taking out silver at Spain’s Baqueira Beret resort in the men’s snowboard cross.

His second place finish was the 21-year-old's first podium appearance since last season.

"I am so happy to finally get back on the podium, it's been a tough year for me with only five races in the season but I'm stoked to have pulled a result out and I'm excited to get to Veysonnaz."

Triple Olympian Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin also placed well, taking out the men's small final and coming fifth overall. Jarryd Hughes came in at 11th, Cameron Bolton at 16th, while Adam Dickson placed 22nd and Josh Miller 49th.

Liana Buratti
olympics.com.au

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