Congrats are in order forÂ Scotty JamesÂ this evening!
The 22-year-old professional snowboarder snagged the coveted gold medal in theÂ Menâ€™s Snowboard SuperPipeÂ competition atÂ X Games Aspen 2017Â — making this his first-ever gold medal at X Games.
Starting off with a massive backside air over 21-feet out of the pipe, the Aussie then took to the sky, launching consecutive 1080s before landing a clean frontside 900 and finishing off his first run with a stylish backside double cork 1260.
“It’s Australia Day back home! I’ve been watching X Games since the day I started snowboarding â€“ this is surreal, there’s no other way to say it!”Â JamesÂ said about winning his first gold medal in the SuperPipe.
Last year’s winner Matt Ladley took second on the final run of competition scoring a 80.00, while fellow Coloradan Taylor Gold took third with a 79.00. Shaun White, meanwhile, placed 11th, his worst finish since his rookie year in 2000. This was a major upset as this wasÂ White’s return to the SuperPipe after a marked absence in 2016.
Celeb SecretsÂ caught up with ScottyÂ moments after winning the gold medal for theÂ Menâ€™s Snowboard SuperPipeÂ competition. In our interview, JamesÂ talks about winning gold, how he chooses what tricks to perform in competition, and what’s next for the rising snowboarder. Check out the video below.
Keep up withÂ Scotty JamesÂ by following him on Instagram at @scottyjames31.