Scotty scoops halfpipe season opener
Scotty James emerged victorious after an epic back-and-forth with Toby Miller at the season-opening Snowboard halfpipe World Cup in Copper Mountain.
The Australian saved his best until the final run pulling off a unique switch crippler chicken salad in the middle section and three double corks in a row to close things out and seal the win with a score of 96.75.
Miller had temporarily been in the first place, thrilling the home US crowd with an explosive second run that featured four double corks and temporarily put him into first place with a score of 94.00.
However, the American fell on his last run as he tried to one-up James and was forced to settle for second and the first pro-level podium of his career.
Third place went to Miller's teammate Chase Josey, with a score of 90.50 – the fourth career World Cup podium for the 23-year-old.
"I feel really good coming into this season," James said.
"I feel like I'm in a better place than ever before, across the board. I'm really enjoying riding and travelling and everything that comes with the sport, and I think that shows in my riding, as well.
"Toby's been riding really well. I was stoked to see him put that one down and put the pressure on me there. I think that's kind of what it’s going to be like all year."