Winter World Cup gold for James and Anthony
21 January 2019
WINTER SPORTS: It was a massive weekend in winter sports, with Scotty James and Jakara Anthony both claiming World Cup gold across snowboard and moguls.
The unstoppable Scotty James collected his second World Cup title of the season, clocking up a massive score of 95.75 at the Laax Open.
James defeated Japan’s Yuto Totsuka (92.00) and USA’s Jake Pates (85.50) with his massive opening run, before riding down the sides of the halfpipe in his final run and high-fiving the cheering crowd.
It was the 24-year-old's first victory at Laax.
“The Laax Open was an event I’ve wanted to win for a while, and to do it under the lights in front of all these fans makes it extra special,” James said.
“I’ve been working on that run for a while and it’s nice to put it all together.
“The switch backside riding, I really enjoy it and it’s a big element of my run. I’m trying to keep it technical but also keep the amplitude up and hopefully look like I’m enjoying myself while I’m at it.”
James is now sitting in top spot on the 2018/19 Halfpipe World Cup leaderboard with 2000 points, ahead of Totsuka at 1760 points and previous leader, Jan Scharrer in third place with 1560 points.
Jakara Anthony backed up the snowy success taking out her very first World Cup gold at the Lake Placid event.
The 20-year old beat France’s Perrine Laffont and USA’s Tessa Johnson, by setting one of the fastest times of the day, landing both of her tricks and topping the leaderboard with a score of 78.76.
Australia’s Aerial Skiing Team were also in Lake Placid and dual Olympian Laura Peel was the top placed Aussie, finishing in 10th place. Britt George finished her Lake Placid campaign in 20th and World Cup debutants Gabi Ash and Abbey Wilcox finished 22nd and 23rd. place.
On the other side of the world, Sami Kennedy-Sim competed in the FIS Ski Cross World Cup in Idre Fjall, Sweden, placing 14th in the first event and eighth in the second.
In Cortina d’ Amparezzo, Italy, Greta Small finished 38th at the Alpine World Cup Super G event in a time of 1:27.29.
Meanwhile, the Australian women’s bobsleigh team of Bree Walker (pilot) and Jamie Scroop (break woman) made their World Cup debut at the IBSF event in Innsbruck.
Although they placed last, the field was exceptionally tight with the Aussie girls only 1.72 seconds behind first place.
The World Cup campaigns continue this week for the national Moguls, Alpine, Ski Cross and Skeleton Teams, before the ski and snowboard athletes compete in the World Championships in early February.