Scotty soars into final
17 January 2014
SNOWBOARD HALFPIPE/SLOPESTYLE: Australia's Scotty James has nabbed a finals berth in the last Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle World Cup in the lead up to the Sochi Games.
At the event in Stoneham, Canada, James produced a stellar first run in the men's Halfpipe to notch up 76.75 points, enough to send him straight through to the final which will take place on 18 January.
Australia's female competitors were all chasing vital points to secure their Olympic quota places, and the top placed Aussie in qualification was Hannah Trigger on 56.75, coming 11th which meant she just missed out on a semi-final start.
Stephanie Magiros was next best in 16th, with Amber Arazny finishing 18th and Alex Fitch 23rd.
The ladies will now face a nervous wait to see who will qualify for the Games, with the team set to be officially named by the Australian Olympic Committee on Thursday 23 January.
Competition continues with the men's and women's Slopestyle on the 17th, local time.
Lauren Staveley, Biba Turnbull and Torah Bright are all in action in heat 1 and Michaela Davis-Meehan will take to the snow in heat 2. The Aussie girls will be vying for a finals berth and top scores as they make a last minute push for Olympic selection.
There is a lot on the line for 16-year-old Cameron Staveley who is currently sitting just a whisker outside the Olympic quotas for men's Slopestyle.
Backing up from his impressive Halfpipe run, Scotty James will be the first man down the course in the fourth and final heat of the Slopestyle. With the young Victorian looking to qualify in both events for Sochi, he'll be using the Stoneham event for vital pre-Games experience.
Declan Vogel-Paul, Tim Laidlaw and Nick Wood are also all in action.