Published: Mon, February 19, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Team GB's James Woods narrowly misses out on bronze in slopestyle final

Team GB's James Woods narrowly misses out on bronze in slopestyle final

The third run by Goepper, who won Sochi bronze in 2014 as part of a USA podium sweep, pushed him past Alex Beaulieu-Marchand by 1.20 points, with the Canadian taking bronze.

Although praising his rivals for their "amazing" displays, Woods was left feeling a bit short-changed.

"You know I didn't put a whole lot pressure on myself, I just really zone in and focused and just visualized myself a million of times in the athletes' lounge, to tell you the truth it was just a pleasure to be a part of the craziest competitions in history". I know what I did. "It's kind of a little secret language between the judges", he added. He became the third Norwegian skier to win gold in freestyle skiing, also the second man to win a medal in freestyle skiing for Norway.

"I can put my hand on heart and say that run, totally clean, definitely could have won and I'm proud of that".

After hitting back from his initial crash with a strong second round score, Woods failed to improve it on his third attempt and with six competitors still to go, his chances of holding on were always unlikely.

The eventual margin between bronze and fourth was minimal - just 1.2 points - but it was enough to see Woods go home empty-handed, just as he had done at Sochi 2014 when he finished fifth.

It was still a great experience, said the enthusiastic Woods, and a decent crowd at the venue were treated to a "perfect show".

"And Izzy (Atkin) came away with some hardware".

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