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6 July 1994 |
Warrandyte, Victoria, Australia
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in) (2014)|
|Weight||75 kg (11 st 11 lb) (2014)|
|Event(s)||Half Pipe Men, Slopestyle Men|
|Coached by||Tim James
James first competed on the international circuit as a 14-year-old at the 2008 Europa Cup in Saas Fee, Switzerland. Throughout the last two World Cup seasons,[when?] he has proven himself an up-and-coming star of the halfpipe, with consistently improving results. A 23rd place in the 2009–10 FIS Snowboard World Cup in Kreischberg, Austria in January 2010 earned the 15-year-old global recognition. In 2010, he got a sponsorship by Red Bull.
When teammate Nate Johnstone was ruled out of the Games with an ankle injury, James went to the World Cup in Stoneham, Canada to try to achieve the top 19 result that would make him eligible to replace Johnstone. He pulled off his best result to date, a 15th which secured him a place in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. At the age of 15, James was Australia's youngest male Olympian in 50 years and the youngest male competitor at the Vancouver Games.
James's first snowboard was not actually made for snowboarding—it was a display board in a shop in Vancouver. James and his father had trouble finding a board small enough for him so they bought the display board, for $10.
- "Scotty James". sochi2014.olympics.com.au. Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
- Britteny Cox and Scott James prove size is no barrier at Winter Olympics
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