Woods secures podium with the last run of the night!
Woods was on fire throughout the action-packed contest, which took place at night under the bright lights on the massive slopestyle course at Hafjell Resort in Norway. On the last and final attempt of the stacked eight-skier contest, Woods, from Great Britain, put down a smooth and technically advanced run that judges awarded an 87.33. This was just enough for Woods to sneak onto the podium and claim a well-deserved third place.
Wood’s took to the course on his second run with clear confidence and landed a run that included; 180 up the roll, switch left 360 tail tap over the lollipop, switch tail frontside 630 out, switch rightside lip 270 blind 270 out, leftside double cork 1080 safety to Japan, rightside double cork 1260 tail, switch leftside 270 on blind 450 out, into a switch rag doll rodeo 1080 octo grab. This was one of cleanest and most stylish runs of the night and the energetic crowd at the bottom was hyped to see Woods land this run.
Once on the podium, Woods was visibly excited and exclaimed, “Oye mate, are you kidding me,” when handed his medal. Then he shook a bottle of champagne and showered the other guys on the podium to celebrate his bronze-medal finish.
Following the event, Woods commented on the course and snow conditions. “The major challenge was to get speed on that snow through the course, but it started snowing, which was good. In each of our competitions, both qualifiers and finals it started to snow, so we got a bit of fresh snow, which we actually weren’t sure if it was going to slow us down, or speed us up, but obviously the shows got to go on. We made the gamble and it actually put a lot more moisture back into the artificial snow, which kind of saved the day,” he quipped.
This concludes the first full day of finals at X Games Norway, but the action continues throughout the weekend with Men’s and Women’s Big Air taking place on Saturday, March, 11th.