Woods crowned New Zealand Freeski Open champion

01 September 2014 / 13:19

James Woods admitted everything went exactly as he had hoped it would after being crowned New Zealand Freeski Open champion.

British freestyle skier Woods, who finished fifth at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, headed to Cardrona as he looked to lay down an early season marker.

And the 22-year-old did exactly that from the outset, taking the top qualifying spot before sitting atop the standings with a first run score of 93.3.

But Woods was not done there, cementing the title with a second run score of 96.7, leaving him to toast a job well done.

"My first run was good, but I knew I had more to give,” Woods said. “When the level of competition is so high you can't play around.

“My goal is always to ski the best I can so I wanted to improve. I'm really proud of the rail section and the kickers were smooth. I went big and that felt good."

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