Snowboarders sail through to finals
20 January 2017
SNOWBOARD: Six Australians have advanced through to the finals of the Snowboard Cross World Cup in Solitude, USA, led by 2014 Olympian Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin.
Pullin was the best placed Aussie with is 4th spot after qualification at the new World Cup venue, with NSWIS athlete Matt Thomas finishing also finishing in a strong 13th place.
Cam Bolton (16th) also qualified, as did Josh Miller (28th) and Jarryd Hughes (41st) who required a second run to make the 48-man strong field that will start the final early Sunday morning AEDT.
On the Ladies side, world number 1 Belle Brockhoff kept up her solid form, qualifying for the final in 15th place.
On the other side of the world, Australian snowboard halfpipe athletes have been competing at the Laax Halfpipe World Cup in Switzerland.
A semi-final masterclass by Scotty James secured the Australian a spot in Saturday night's final.
Unfazed by some strong competition, James put together two cracking runs to finish in 4th place overall as he keeps up the pressure on the leaders in the world standings.
After a tidy score of 78.75 in his first run, the Victorian Institute of Sport athlete ramped it up in his 2nd run with a score of 86.00 points, even though he was already confirmed of a finals spot.
He'll have to overcome first placed qualifier and Sochi gold medallist Iouri Podladtchikov to top the podium, but it's repeat efforts like tonight's that rubber stamp the credentials surrounding 22 year-old James.
The other Aussie in the semi-final, Nate Johnstone, was unlucky to just miss out on the Top 12.
His 65.00 point run in the 2nd attempt was a massive improvement on his opening 20.50 run, but just found him outside the finals spots.
The final will be livesteamed on Saturday night at the official event website.