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The GB freestyle skier James Woods starts season with victory at the Winter Games NZ in Cardrona. Other British athletes are in action.

He came first in his heat in the ski slopestyle and qualified in second place for the final.

In the final Woodsy scored 91.80 in his first run before following it up with 86.60 in his second.

The 25-year old won the title in New Zealand two years ago.

"It's a real honour just to be competing in this field. Watching the best in the world go ahead of me was really nerve-wracking," said Woodsy after the win. 

Woodsy overcame the windy conditions to put down clean runs and take the title against a strong field.

GB Park and Pipe Head Ski Coach Pat Sharples said after Woodsy's win: "Conditions for the finals were really challenging. Conditions were constantly changing which seemed to catch a lot of the athletes out. Woodsy just did what he does best and was super clean on every feature with super technical tricks which were oozing with style. He smashed it."

Watch Woodsy in action below at the Winter NZ Games in Cardrona:

Woodsy winsWoodsy wins

It is the first event in this Olympic season with the next competition taking place in November in the Austrian resort of Stubai in the Tirol. 

Woodsy, along with Katie Ormerod, is one of the Team GB's brightest prospects for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.  

Last season he won X Games gold in the Big Air as well as slopestyle bronze at the X Games Europe - repeating the latter at the World Championships in March.

He is a genuine medal contender. 

After his latest victory in New Zealand he took to Twitter.

"Buzzing to win the world cup today," he tweeted.  

On his way to victoryOn his way to victory

Woodsy was joined in the ski slopestyle by Tyler Harding, Chris McCormick, Harris Booth and Mike Rowlands. 

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Other Great Britain elite snowsports athletes are beginning their competitive preparations in the southern hemisphere.

Katie Summerhayes and Madi Rowlands compete in the women's Ski Slopestyle.

The Ski Halfpipe qualifiers are next Thursday 31st August with the finals the following day.

In this event Pete Speight will be looking for a strong finish as he tries to hit the qualifying standard for PyeongChang 2018.

He is joined by teammates Murray Buchan and Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon.

Rowan CheshireRowan Cheshire - photo GB Park & Pipe




For the women, Rowan Cheshire and Madi Rowlands are joined by Katie's younger sister, Molly Summerhayes, who will be tackling her first New Zealand World Cup.

The snowboarders have to wait until the following weekend for their World Cup action in Cardrona.

Aimee FullerAimee Fuller
















Snowboard Slopestyle begins with qualifiers on 3rd September and finals on 4th.

Competing for GB Park and Pipe will be Billy Morgan, Jamie Nicholls, Rowan Coultas, Matt McCormick, Katie Ormerod and Aimee Fuller.

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