Topping off a fantastic few days for British snowsports, on Sunday in the US, GB Park and Pipe's James 'Woodsy' Woods notched up a gold medal in Ski Big Air at the X Games in Aspen. In the world's biggest freeskiing and snowboarding competition, Woodsy delivered his best skiing performance to date to take the top step of the podium.
The 25-year-old from Sheffield added the gold medal to his 4th place in Ski Slopestyle earlier in the day. An X Games gold has been one of Woodsy's goals for a long time, after taking bronze in X Games Ski Slopestyle in 2013.
Woodsy's win followed a bronze medal for in-form Katie Ormerod (19, Brighouse) in the X Games Snowboard Slopestyle on the same day. Another huge result for Ormerod followed her 5th place in the Big Air on Thursday.
Ormerod said after her medal: "I'm super happy to get my 1st X Games medal!! It's always been on my bucket list to medal here so I couldn't be happier! Especially to medal in the most high profile event of the season in such a tough and progressive field of riders."
On Friday, Jamie Nicholls started off the GB Park and Pipe medal haul by taking second place in the Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup in Seiser Alm, Italy. After qualifying third in his heat, Nicholls stepped it up in the final to take second place. This was his first podium of this season, but follows his World Cup Slopestyle win last season in the Czech Republic.
"I can't believe I have made it on to the podium today," said Nicholls. "It's been a tough couple of weeks with a little injury, but today was a good day in the office."
For the other riders, after qualifying first in his heat, Billy Morgan narrowly missed out on a podium, finishing in fourth while teammate Rowan Coultas claimed a respectable seventh after a second place qualifier in the same heat as Morgan. In the women's competition, Aimee Fuller put in a solid run in Finals to finish in 5th position overall.
In the World Cup Ski Slopestyle finals, Katie Summerhayes put in a great performance, but just missed the podium finishing in 4th place. Madi Rowlands finished 13th overall. For the men, Tyler Harding finished a respectable 22nd and Cal Sandieson finished 60th overall.
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