Winter Olympics 2018: Snowboarder Scotty James grabs bronze

Scotty James has won bronze for Australia in the halfpipe to become the country's first men's snowboard medallist at a Winter Olympics.

James got his medal with his first run of 92 points but ultimately couldn't match the silky skills of American Shaun White who snatched gold with his last run of 97.75.

Japan's Ayumu Hirano was second with 95.25 points.

The billing of the best three men's halfpipe riders on the planet certainly lived up to the hype and the gold medal was very much on the line going into the final run.

It was the jubilant White who came up with the goods though, capturing his third Games halfpipe gold on the last run of competition as he overtook young gun Hirano.

Second last down the 'pipe, James had his chance to move further up the podium but dragged his arm in his second run and fell on his final effort.

"I came out and did it the Australian way and gave it a real hard crack, I was expecting a really good battle and a battle it was," he said. "I wish I kinda landed my second run but it is what it is.

"I'm just grateful to be standing up on the podium."

An emotional James said it had been a "tough journey" to get to the Olympics, but the experience had been an "incredible ride".

"It's my goal is to come out here and ride as best as I can and fly my Australian flag in the sport that is not necessarily done by many Australians," he said.

"I'm very proud of my country and where I come from but I can assure you I am just getting started, you can expect to see a lot more of me in the future."

Australian Associated Press

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