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Athlete Biography

Scotty James was the youngest male competitor of all competing nations at the Vancouver Winter Olympics when he made his debut in the Snowboard Halfpipe aged 15. He was Australia's youngest male Olympian in 50 years.

In 2010, James was a last minute addition to the Australian Team. When teammate Nate Johnstone was ruled out of the Games with an ankle injury, James rushed to the World Cup in Stoneham, Canada to try and achieve the top 19 result that would make him eligible to replace Johnstone. He came 15th which secured him a ticket to Vancouver, where he produced a fantastic performance, beyond his years to finish 21st.

Since Vancouver, James has gained some valuable experience at the European X Games and reached the podium in a number of open events in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres.

He has secured a string of top 10 performances on the World Cup circuit in both Halfpipe and Slopestyle and qualified for Sochi in both disciplines. At the 2013 World Championships in Stoneham, Canada, James notched a career best performance of sixth in the Halfpipe - also placing 16th in Slopestyle.

Competing at the last event of the 2013/14 season before the Sochi Games, James won his first World Cup medal - bronze in the Snowboard Halfpipe. The medal in addition to two top-10 finishes at the other World Cups in the season, meant that James was the highest points scorer, earning him the Overall World Cup Title for Snowboard Halfpipe, his first crystal globe.

James will be one of a few athletes who will compete in both Slopestyle and Halfpipe at the Sochi Games. His friend and former training partner, Torah Bright, will also compete in both as well as Snowboard Cross.

James' first snowboard was a $10 display board in a shop in Vancouver, the only one small enough for him to ride on. He was competing by the age of six and at age 10 he was beating the older kids, and moved from racing and into the Halfpipe. He first competed on the international circuit as a 14-year-old at the 2008 Europa Cup in Saas Fee, Switzerland.

Schedule and Results

Start lists for Australian athletes will be available as soon as they are allocated. Please note this can be as late as within 24 hours before the scheduled start time of the event. Medal events, regardless of Australian participation, will also be displayed here.

Day -1, Feb 06 2014

Snowboard
(Local) / 10:00 AM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's SBS Qualif. Heat 1 Run 1
Scotty James
(Local) / 10:25 AM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's SBS Qualif. Heat 1 Run 2
Scotty James

Day 1, Feb 08 2014

Snowboard
(Local) / 9:30 AM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's SBS Semifinal Run 1
Scotty James 6th (77.25)
(Local) / 10:24 AM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's SBS Semifinal Run 2
Scotty James 20th (19.00)

Day 4, Feb 11 2014

Snowboard
(Local) / 4:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's HP Qualif. Heat 2 Run 1
Scotty James 8th (68.50)
(Local) / 4:35 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's HP Qualif. Heat 2 Run 2
Scotty James 19th (15.00)

Fast Facts

Sport
Snowboard
Status
Selected
Event
Halfpipe Men, Slopestyle Men
Nickname
SJ
Height
185cm
Weight
78kg
Age
19
Born
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Residence
Warrandyte , VIC, Australia

Olympic Information

2010 Vancouver - Snowboard (Halfpipe - 21st)

Recent Performances

  • 4th (Superpipe) - 2014 X Games (Aspen, USA)
  • 3rd (Halfpipe), 9th (Slopestyle) - 2014 World Cup (Stoneham, Canada)
  • 6th (Halfpipe), 9th (Slopestyle) - 2013 World Cup (Copper Mountain, USA)
  • 5th (Superpipe) - 2013 Dew Tour (Breckenridge, USA)
  • 6th (Halfpipe) - 2013 World Cup (Cardrona, New Zealand)

Training

Coach
Abe Teter
Tim James
Institute/Academy
Victorian Institute of Sport
Training Base in Australia
Mt Buller, VIC
Training Base Overseas
Breckenridge, Colorado USA

Career Highlights

  • Making the 2010 Olympic Team at the age of 15
  • Landing doubles in halfpipe competitions
  • Landing my first triple corks

Education

Primary
Southwood BGS (Ringwood, VIC)
Secondary
Tintern Schools (Ringwood, VIC)

Q&A

What is your favourite competition venue?
Park City, USA

Who is your favourite person to follow on twitter?
Will Ferrell

What is your goal for Sochi?
To get on the podium

Who is your sports hero?
Floyd Mayweather

Pain is temporary

Day 4 through the Green & Gold Lens

Day 4 through the Green & Gold Lens

BLOG: How good was Anna Segal? Day 4 started with Anna's bright Ski Slopestyle performance, then our Cross Country crew battled a tough course. By night Scotty James & Nate Johnstone were unlucky to miss Halfpipe final, but Kent Callister stepped up!

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PREVIEW: Aussie riders aim to squash the Flying Tomato

PREVIEW: Aussie riders aim to squash the Flying Tomato

SNOWBOARD – HALFPIPE: Australian riders Scotty James, Nathan Johnstone and Kent Callister will be doing everything they can to try and knock two-time Olympic Champion, Shaun White, off his perch when they compete in the Halfpipe at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Tuesday.

Day 1 through the Green & Gold Lens

Day 1 through the Green & Gold Lens

BLOG: Britt Cox was the highest placed Australian with 5th in the women's moguls. In fact all three Australian women made the final, before Cox inched her way towards the podium. Meanwhile Alex Ferlazzo (Luge) & Alex Almoukov (Biathlon) launched their Olympic campaigns but the day began with Scotty James.

Scotty James in second chance semis

Scotty James in second chance semis

SNOWBOARD SLOPESTYLE: It was a tough day at the office, but Scotty James is staying positive about his chances in the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle.

PREVIEW: Snowboard Slopestyle history beckons

PREVIEW: Snowboard Slopestyle history beckons

SNOWBOARD-SLOPESTYLE: Olympic Champion Torah Bright and teenage sensation Scotty James go into Thursday’s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification sessions with hopes of being among the first Games medals awarded in the discipline.

Course safety not an issue

Course safety not an issue

SNOWBOARD SLOPESTYLE: Reigning gold medallist Torah Bright ended speculation that the Snowboard Slopestyle course at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, has safety concerns.

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Hot stuff in Sochi

Hot stuff in Sochi

TEAM: One third of the 60-strong Australian Olympic Team has touched down in Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and they have wasted no time settling in to the Olympic Village.

Smiling tricksters arrive in Sochi

Smiling tricksters arrive in Sochi

TEAM: Four Australians with the best tricks and biggest hopes for the Olympic Winter Games arrived in Sochi late on Saturday evening full of excitement with only four full days until competition commences.

Two Aussie top fives at X Games

Two Aussie top fives at X Games

SNOWBOARD / FREESTYLE SKIING: With just days before the Sochi Games, there were some promising performances from 2014 Australian Olympic Team members at the prestigious X Games over the weekend in Aspen, Colorado.

James ninth in Slopestyle final

James ninth in Slopestyle final

SNOWBOARD SLOPESTYLE: Scotty James continued his good form at the Stoneham Snowboard World Cup, making the final of the Slopestyle event, finishing ninth.