Woodsy buzzing after World Cup win

29th August 2017, by Abi Butcher

British skier James Woods has won a World Cup slopestyle in New Zealand

British skier James Woods has won a World Cup slopestyle in New Zealand

British slopestyle skier James “Woodsy” Woods has said he is “buzzing” after his first win of the season.

On Sunday, around six months before the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics, James Woods won the first Ski Slopestyle World Cup of the season at the Winter Games NZ in Cardrona, New Zealand. 

After qualifying into the finals in second place, Woodsy overcame the windy conditions to put down clean runs and take the title against a strong field. Woodsy had won the equivalent Ski Slopestyle World Cup on the slopes of Cardrona two years ago. 

GB Park and Pipe Head Ski Coach Pat Sharples said after Woodsy’s win: “Conditions for the finals were really challenging. Conditions were constantly changing which seemed to catch a lot of the athletes out. Woodsy just did what he does best and was super clean on every feature with super technical tricks which were oozing with style. He smashed it.” 

From 9-25 February 2018, more than 5,000 athletes from 100 nations will head to the Taebaek mountains in South Korea for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The athletes will take part in 102 events in 15 disciplines over seven sports — and Team GB is hotly tipped to have its best Winter Games yet. Selection for the Games will be finalised on 24 January 2018 — but after his opening competition of the season, Woodsy seems a firm favourite.

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