Sheffield slopestyle star James Woods is WORLD CHAMPION

Sheffield’s James Woods has been crowned world champion for the first time after victory in the men's ski slopestyle competition in Utah.

Thursday, 7th February 2019, 16:17 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 17:32 pm
First place finisher James Woods celebrate on the podium following the men's slopestyle skiing world championship Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The 27-year-old defied difficult weather conditions to edge out Norwegian teenager Birk Ruud and US double Olympic medallist Nick Goepper.

Woods told the competition's website: "It feels good. Obviously I couldn't be more proud. I've put a lot of effort in over the years as everybody has."

Woods had previously won a world silver medal in Voss in 2013 and bronze at Sierra Nevada in 2017.

And victory was especially sweet for the former Tapton School pupil who missed out on a Winter Olympic medal in Pyeongchang last year by just 1.2 points.

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Woods had looked set to snatch a podium place in South Korea until Goepper edged him into bronze with the final run of the competition.

Woods' medal is Britain's third of the championships after Charlotte Bankes and Izzy Atkin took silver and bronze in snowboard-cross and Ski Big Air respectively.