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On a flying visit to the UK, the British freestyle skier at the top of the game, James Woods, spoke to PlanetSKI about his recent success and what's coming up.

We caught up with Woodsy after he'd landed in the UK for a rare and brief trip home.

He's in the UK for just two days.

Fresh from his silver medal in the World Cup slopestyle in Quebec at the weekend, he's taking a week off to rest before the busy events of the next month commence.

"The next few weeks are going to be ridiculous," Woodsy tells us.

The British Olympic Association building in London seemed a fitting place to be, the walls papered with GB sporting success now holding one of skiing's top sportsmen and Olympic hopefuls.

He came 5th in at th 2014 Sochi Olympics while carrying an injury and is currently lying second in the overall World Cup Slopestyle standings.

Over the next few weeks Woodsy has the World Cup finals to compete in, the X Games in Norway and the Freestyle World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain in March.

The busy schedule comes off the back of that silver last weekend and a gold medal in Big Air at the X Games Aspen at the end of January.

The event is the most prestigious of the season and winning it is every freestyle skier's goal.

On how it felt, the 25-year-old answered:

"To be on the start list and to show everybody what I can do in that realm is kind of what I ever dreamed of ... So to win was pretty surreal."

See here for PlanetSKI's full interview with the guy at the top of the game on his recent medals and how he feels about the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, under a year away:


Team GB also interviewed Woodsy in a live stream on Facebook on Tuesday and asked whether he ever got sick of travelling.

"This is what I've been doing for 10 years ... It takes its toll, but I love it. I get to ski all over the world, I get to take breaks whenever I want to take breaks ... I don't have a routine that I'm sick of. To have anything I think you've got to sacrifice something. And I love it."

When it comes to dedication, Woodsy has got what it takes.

He says "You're only as good as your last go at it".

With this mantra and the challenge he puts on himself - saying he is his own main competitor and is always working to be the best he possibly can - he has clearly created a winning formula.

X GamesX Games, Aspen - photo James Woods Facebook















Ski slopestyle podium QuebecWoodsy on the Quebec podium - photo GB Park & Pipe




















Back in October, Woodsy invited a handful of the world's finest freeskiers to come and shred the UK circuit with him for his Mad Dogs & Englishmen Tour.

The GB Park & Pipe edit of the tour has just been released:

See here for our interview with Woodsy back in 2013 after he took a bronze at the X Games:


See here for PlanetSKI's recent reporting on the snowsports events, including snowboarding star Katie Ormerod as well as our other British skiers and boarders.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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