Scotty James won his 10th consecutive worldwide superpipe competition by repeating as X Games gold medalist in Aspen on Thursday night, winning the prestigious event for the third time in four years.
The Australian, who is undefeated since the start of the 2018-19 season, pulled off a switch backside double 1260, cab 1080, frontside 900 grabbing nose and a double backside 1260 among his tricks in the Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe at Buttermilk Mountain.
His victory lap consisted of high-fiving fans along the deck of the superpipe.
“It never gets old, that feeling is unbelievable and to do it here at X Games is very, very special to me,” James told ESPN X Games afterward. “I mean, X Games is a pinnacle for us and I dreamt of getting one X Games medal and now I’m adding another to my collection, so I’m absolutely pumped.”
Yuto Totsuka of Japan took silver and Jan Scherrer of Switzerland got the bronze. U.S. snowboarders Chase Josey, Danny Davis, Taylor Gold, Toby Miller and Chase Blackwell finished fourth through eighth.
In other X Games action, Miyabi Onitsuka won gold in Pacifico Women’s Snowboard Big Air, Kokomo Murase took silver and Reira Iwabuchi grabbed bronze. All are from Japan.
X Games rookie Colby Stevenson of Park City, Utah, won the inaugural Ski Knuckle Huck.
In Special Olympic Unified Snowboarding, Mike Schultz/Daina Shilts won gold, Davis/Dmitrii Tiufiakov took silver and Jack Mitrani/Henry Meece got bronze.
Photo of Scotty James with gold medal by Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images