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.