Sport Winter Olympics: Scotty James makes Pyeonchang snowboard halfpipe final

20:36  13 february  2018
20:36  13 february  2018 Source:   MSN

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  James hopes to be boxing clever in 'pipe Scotty James, Shaun White and Ayumu Hirano head the men's field in what promises to be the event of the Games in the snowboard halfpipe.In others, they're very much still on.

Scotty James has been named as Australia's flag-bearer for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics . SIERRA NEVADA, SPAIN — MARCH 10: Scotty James of Australia competes during the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Qualification on day three of the FIS Freestyle Ski The final is on Wednesday.

THE scene is set for the greatest halfpipe showdown the Winter Olympics has seen with Shaun White, Scotty James and Ayumu Hirano qualifying in the top three places for the snowboard final . Much has been made of the trio heading into the PyeongChang Games with bitter debates about

Scotty James reached the finals of halfpipe final© REUTERS/Mike Blake Scotty James reached the finals of halfpipe final Australian flagbearer Scotty James has easily advanced to the men's snowboard halfpipe final at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeonchang, as Shaun White staked a claim for a third gold medal.

James, the 2017 world champion, simply went through the motions as he progressed to Wednesday's final, posting a score of 89.00 on his first run before completing qualifying with a 96.75 to be second on the overall standings.

American White, the 2006 and 2010 gold medallist, showed his class to top qualifying for the 12-man final with a best score of 98.50.

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White, who at 30 is older than any previous U.S. Olympic halfpipe snowboarder , plans to James is viewed as White’s top challenger at the moment. “No dissing to Scotty or anybody, but Among the uniforms for PyeongChang unveiled on Tuesday is one that makes them look like they were the

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James' Australian teammate, Kent Callister, scraped through in 12th position with a best score of 77.00, while Nathan Johnstone (62.25) missed out.

James said he was satisfied with his opening performances, as he had not wanted to reveal too much in his qualifying runs.

"I've left a lot in the tank for tomorrow and I'm feeling really good in the pipe," he told Channel Seven.

James briefly led during the second run, before White produced his best score of the day.

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  Winter Olympics: Australia's Scotty James takes bronze in men's halfpipe, Shaun White wins gold Winter Olympics: Australia's Scotty James takes bronze in men's halfpipe, Shaun White wins goldJames's best run of 92.00 came in the opening round. He was going well in his final run but fell to finish behind in third position.

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"That was our game plan today, I wanted to try and drop later in the field tomorrow for finals," James said.

"I assumed Shaun would answer back like that and that's competition."

The rivalry between James and White was simmering before last Friday's opening ceremony and is expected to hit fever pitch on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old Australian, who also won the 2015 world title and is taking part in his third Olympics, claimed last week he may have been "shafted" when it came to scoring in a recent competition, suggesting White had not deserved a perfect score at the Aspen Snowmass Grand Prix last month.

Earlier, Australia's Emily Arthur placed 11th in the women's halfpipe final in her Olympic debut, with American star Chloe Kim winning gold.

Sweden's Hedberg out of Big Air with concussion .
<p>Swedish snowboarder Mans Hedberg will miss the Olympic Big Air competition after being diagnosed with <g class="gr_ gr_3 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="3" id="3">concussion</g> following a nasty fall on his first slopestyle qualifying run on Monday, the Swedish Olympic Committee has said in a statement.</p>The 24-year-old, who suffered a broken neck in March 2017 but made a rapid return to competition in November, crashed after landing short off the final slopestyle jump and he was removed from the course in a neck brace.

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