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James Woods gets bronze in X Games - Jane Peel, Tignes
Thursday March 17, 2011 - Email this article to a friend

He was competing in the ski slopestyle and it is a fantastic achievment for the teenager from Sheffield. It follows a good day for Britain on Wednesday and for the home nation, France, at the European Winter X Games. Jane Peel reports from Tignes.

Woods put in a great run on a warm course that slowed the skiers down. 

The gold was taken by JF Houle from Canada and the Norwegian, Andreas Håtveit, won silver. 

On Wednesday James Woods qualified well and he told me there was more to come.

There was and his achievement marks him down as a potential future star of the sport.

His team manager and coach describes it as an event that is going to change British freestyle skiing for ever.

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We will be updating the story shortly with more news of his bronze medal, but it followed a fantastic opening day on Wednesday as Kevin Rowland won the superpipe.

Wow, wow, wow! 

I said the man looked unbeatable, and he was. 

Kevin Rolland, the 21-year-old Frenchman from La Plagne did not have to travel too far to win his fourth consecutive Winter X Games gold medal.

Just a short drive from home, he thrilled the crowd of several thousand who turned out in sleety conditions here in Tignes for the Men's Ski Superpipe Final on the first night of the X Games.

He came as defending champion, and could have gone home after the first of his three runs, which earned him his highest score of 93 points, enough to secure the title. 

Kevin won gold in the X Games in Aspen in January 2011 and in 2010 too.   

The final, held on Wednesday evening, was the main event on the first day of competition. 

Fans lined the 7 metre (22ft) high Superpipe, packed into the area at its base, and even stopped on the adjacent pistes to watch.  

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In the absence of local favourite, Xavier Bertoni from Tignes, who won silver here last year, but failed to qualify for the final, the French gave their wholehearted support to Kevin. 

The runner up was Justin Dorey from Canada, last year's bronze medallist. 

The bronze went to a remarkable 15-year-old, Torin Yater-Wallace from the USA. 

And talking of remarkable 15-year-olds, how about young Katie Summerhayes from Sheffield? 

She held her own against some seasoned competititors in the Women's Ski Slopestyle final on Wednesday.

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It's her first Winter X, but she took it in her stride, completing every one of her three runs over the rails and jumps,  scoring consistently to finish 9th

She was the youngest competitor in this event. 

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For a video interview with Katie by Jane Peel see here.


With James Woods taking the Bronze for Britain we have some bright teenage prospects.

For some videos of the women's ski slopestyle see this PlanetSKI story and for a PlanetSKI interview with Jenny Jones then see here.

Pictures by James Timothy.

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