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WOODSY: WORLD CHAMPION - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
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GB skier James 'Woodsy' Woods has taken the title in ski slopestyle at the Freestyle World Championships in Utah.


It's the third time that Britain's leading male freeskier has stood on the World Championships podium.

In 2013 he won silver and in 2017 bronze in the ski slopestyle.

But this is the 27-year-old's first World Championships title.

And it's GB Snowsport's third medal of these Championships.

Charlotte Bankes won silver in the snowboard cross and Izzy Atkin bronze in the ski big air.

Woods topped the points in a 10-man final at Park City on Wednesday.

He took the lead in the second run, making the best of the tricky wind conditions with a score of 86.68.

Watch the winning run:

And here's what he had to say about it:

 

During the third and final run, conditions continued to play havoc with just two competitors able to improve their scores.

That left Woods in the podium-topping position ahead of Norway's Birk Ruud (85.40) and USA's two-time Olympic medallist Nick Goepper (85.18).

2019 World Championship ski slopestyle podiumWorld Championship ski slopestyle podium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"It feels good.  Obviously I couldn't be more proud," Woods said.

"I've put a lot of effort in over the years as everybody has.

"And the crowd was bumping! It was nice that so many people came out because it's cold.

"It's been dumping so there's plenty of skiing opportunities so it's good that everybody came out.  I appreciate that a lot."

Fans have been reacting to Woodsy's win on the PlanetSKI Facebook page:

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Woods' long-time coach Pat Sharples paid tribute to event organisers for managing to complete the ski slopestyle event in the face of weather which has hampered the whole World Championships programme.

"The last couple of days have been incredibly tough," said Sharples.

"The conditions have been really difficult due to heavy snowfall and high winds, but all the athletes, support staff, coaches and event staff have done their best to make the event happen."

James WoodsWoodsy is world champion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if you want to know the names of all those tricks in Woodsy's run, here they are:

Switch 270 - backside 270, 180 - switch right 450 disaster, switch 180 on - 360 off, switch right 900 mute, left dub 1080 safty to japan, right dub 1260 tail.

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Unfortunately the organisers took the decision early on Thursday to cancel the ladies' ski slopestyle competition.

Qualification had been put off because of the weather but it's not been possible to reschedule.

It means that Izzy Atkin will not have the opportunity to add to the World Championships ski slopestyle bronze she won in 2017 or the third place she achieved in ski big air on Saturday.G

The snowboard big air competition has also been cancelled.

GB's Rowan Coultas and Matt McCormick will join teammate Jamie Nicholls in the slopestyle later in the programme.

** At the World Alpine Championships in Sweden Jack Gower failed to finish the super G after missing the final gate of the course.

** Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe have followed up their World Para Alpine Championships success on with two victories and a second place finish in two super G World Cup races in Veysonnaz, Switzerland.

They will contest three giant slalom races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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