James “Woodsy” Woods has raised the bar again achieving Great Britain’s first snowsports World Cup win in eight years in Argentina this weekend.
In a spectacular start to the new slopestyle season, Woodsy finished a clear round with a score of 90.4 that not only won him the event but also gained him valuable points towards qualification for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Sheffield-born Woodsy has already been tipped as Britain’s best hope for a medal at the next winter Olympics, where Slopestyle will feature for the first time, and this win will cement his position further still. The 20-year-old has been going from strength to strength over the past few seasons gaining podium places in both Europe and the US and becoming the first British skier on a world class podium since 1994 when he took bronze in the 2011 European Winter X Games.
Woodsy said he found the impact of London 2012 inspiring and that it had spurred him on in Argentina.
“I was invited to London 2012 as part of the Olympic ambition programme and seeing how it can inspire a nation has made me incredibly driven for the build-up to Sochi,” he said. “I had not had a major competition win in my career but I had made the podium in other events, so I knew I had it in me.”
We’ll be watching out for Woodsy and the rest of the British Freeski Team over the season so keep an eye out to see how they get on.