Woods well placed after qualifying at World Championships

08 March 2013 / 18:42

James Woods is well placed to continue his fine season with a maiden medal in the men’s slopestyle competition at the Freestyle Ski World Championships in Norway.

Woods is the champion elect in the World Cup series having won two of the three events to have taken place so far this season for a lead of 86 points with one round left.

The 21-year-old also took Winter X Games bronze in Aspen in January and produced the second best score in qualification at the World Championships in Voss-Myrkdalen.

Woods scored 92.0 on his second run, after posting 85.6 first time out, to place first in heat one ahead of Sweden’s Oscar Wester, who produced a best effort of 87.6.

However Woods’ mark was bettered by Winter X Games champion Nick Goepper with the American scoring 94.2 on his first run to rank first in heat two.

Briton Woods and American Goepper were the only two to break the 90-point barrier with Gus Kenworthy placing second in heat two with a score of 86.4.

Woods finished eighth in the slopestyle at the World Championships back in 2011 as well as 19th in the halfpipe with the final set for Saturday in Voss-Myrkdalen.

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