Australian snowboarder Scotty James stays on the right track for a fourth consecutive world title after qualifying first within the Snowboard Halfpipe World Championships in Aspen, Colorado.
The 26-year-old Victorian – world champion in 2015, 2017 and 2019 – put in two 90-plus runs on Thursday, ending with a rating of 94.25 to complete comfortably forward of his Japanese rival Yuto Totsuka (89.75).
Fifteen-year-old prodigy Valentino Guseli, from Dalmeny in NSW, positioned eleventh, simply outdoors the ultimate qualifying locations.
James will write himself into the snowboarding report books if he can clinch a fourth world championship crown on Saturday afternoon native time.
Victory will even be a significant enhance as he seems to be to enhance on his 2018 Winter Olympic bronze medal on the subsequent Video games, scheduled for Beijing in February 2021.
“I am very completely satisfied to be in Aspen. I all the time love competing right here,” James, who has additionally received gold 3 times within the Winter X Video games in Aspen, advised reporters after qualifying.
“I am tremendous stoked that the world champs is ready to occur this 12 months and to be right here in Aspen. It is fairly particular to all of us.
“The climate has been wonderful, the pipe’s using implausible, and it looks like spring-time, so no complaints.”
Second-placed qualifier Totsuka is the one rider lately to have confirmed able to beating James within the half-pipe, together with narrowly edging him to clinch his first X Video games gold in January.