Scotty James was the youngest male competitor at the Vancouver Winter Olympics when he made his debut in the Snowboard Halfpipe aged 15. James was a last minute addition to the 2010 Australian Team. When teammate Nate Johnstone was disappointingly ruled out of the Games with an ankle injury, James rushed to the World Cup in Stoneham, Canada to try and achieve the top 19 result that would make him eligible to replace Johnstone. He came 15th which secured him a ticket to Vancouver, where he produced a fantastic performance, beyond his years to finish 21st.
In the lead up to his second Games appearance, James secured a string of top-10 performances on the World Cup circuit in both Halfpipe and Slopestyle and qualified for Sochi in both disciplines. At the 2013 World Championships in Stoneham, Canada, he notched a career best performance of sixth in the Halfpipe - also placing 16th in Slopestyle. Competing at the last event of the 2013/14 season before the Sochi Games, James won his first World Cup medal - bronze in the Snowboard Halfpipe. The medal in addition to two top-10 finishes at the other World Cups in the season meant that James was the highest point scorer, earning him the Overall World Cup Title for Snowboard Halfpipe, his first Crystal Globe.
As Australia’s only male competitor in the inaugural Olympic Snowboard Slopestyle competition in Sochi, James just missed out on a place in the final, finishing eighth in the semi-final and 16th overall. In the Halfpipe, he made a shock exit from the competition when he didn’t make it through the heats. Tough judging in his first run and an unfinished program in the second brought his Sochi Games to a premature end.
After taking out the halfpipe World Championships in 2015, James had the ‘perfect season’ in 2017. The 22-year-old successfully defended his World Championships crown at Sierra Nevada with an untouchable score of 97.50. He entered the Championships as the number one qualifier after winning the 2016/17 FIS Snowboard Halfpipe Crystal Globe. On Australia Day 2017 James won the prestigious X Games gold medal after defeating legendary American snowboarder Shaun White. In an Australian first, James wears three of the four major world snowboard halfpipe crowns, the fourth being Olympic glory. His history making season ended with James being awarded the Australian Snow Sports Athlete of the Year, jointly shared with moguls World Champion Britt Cox.