James Woods (freestyle skier)

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James Woods
Personal information
Nickname(s) Woodsy[1][2][3][4]
Born (1992-01-19) 19 January 1992 (age 25)[5]
Residence Sheffield[5][7]
Alma mater Tapton School[1]
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)[5]
Country  Great Britain

James Woods (born 19 January 1992) is a British freestyle skier. He has won five medals at FIS World Cup and two medals at FIS World Championships[10]

Woods learned to ski at the Sheffield Ski Village near his family home.[1][4][9] He won five consecutive British national championships in slopestyle between 2007 and 2011 in Laax.[9] He took a bronze medal at the 2011 Winter X Games Europe, and that year he scored a third place at the King of style competition in Stockholm[9] and also placed eighth on his debut at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships.[11] In April 2012 he finished second in the slopestyle event at the World Skiing Invitational & AFP World Championships at Whistler Blackcomb.[12] Woods won the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup for slopestyle in the 2012–13 season,[4][7] winning two rounds along the way.[3]

He travelled to Sochi in January 2014 for the 2014 Winter Olympics. However, he suffered a hip injury during a training session. In statements following the injury, he was said to be "progressing well" and the physios' goals were to "get Woods 100%". He competed in the Men's Ski Slopestyle competition on Thursday 13 February,[13] finishing in fifth.[14]

In January 2017 he took the gold medal in the Big Air competition at the Winter X Games XXI, having finished fourth in the Games' Slopestyle contest.[15] He went on to take the Slopestyle bronze in the Winter X Games Europe in Hafjell in March[16] and repeated the feat in the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships in the Spanish resort of Sierra Nevada later that month.[17]


  1. ^ a b c Slater, James. "James Woods' rise to Success". Tapton School. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Bedi, Gagandeep (12 November 2013). "Spotlight On: British Ski star James 'Woodsy' Woods". UK Sport. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Magnay, Jacqueline (17 January 2013). "Top British medal hope James Woods looking for glory in new Winter Olympic sport – 'Slopestyle'". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Freestyle Skiing – Halfpipe & Slopestyle – Athletes: James Woods". Fédération Internationale de Ski. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d "James Woods – Team GB Athlete Profile". Team GB. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "James Woods is On The Spot: ‘Getting stuck in tree saved me going off a cliff’". metro.co.uk. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Butler, Jeremy (30 October 2013). "Sochi 2014: James Woods says it's weird being classed an athlete". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Winter X Games @ Aspen Mountain on 1/24/2013". afpworldtour.com. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d Williams, Shay (February 2012). "James Woods Profile: From British dry slopes to the big leagues". Freeskier Magazine. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  10. ^ https://data.fis-ski.com/dynamic/athlete-biography.html?sector=FS&competitorid=143054&type=result&category=ALL&season=ALL&sort=P&discipline=SS&position=3
  11. ^ Thompson, Anna (4 February 2011). "James Woods impresses in ski slopestyle at World Champs". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "World Skiing Invitational & AFP World Championships: 4/18/2012 – 4/22/12 at Whistler / Blackcomb". afpworldtour.com. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Sochi 2014: James Woods 'not 100%' for slopestyle after crash". Sport Winter Olympics. BBC. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Sochi 2014: James Woods misses out on slopestyle medal for Britain". Sport Winter Olympics. BBC. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "X Games: James Woods wins gold in ski big air in Colorado". bbc.co.uk. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "X Games: James Woods wins slopestyle bronze in Norway.". bbc.co.uk. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  17. ^ "Freestyle skiing Worlds: James Woods calls ski slopestyle 'a shambles' after bronze". bbc.co.uk. 19 March 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 

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