In private halfpipe, Aussie boarder schemes for Beijing gold
FILE - Gold medalist Scotty James of Australia celebrates after winning the men's snowboard halfpipe final at the freestyle ski and snowboard world championships, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Park City, Utah. James envisions the best tricks at this year’s biggest halfpipe contests as the kind that only he can perform. One big question is whether the judges will agree. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett, File)
FILE - Scotty James, of Australia, grips his board during the men's halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Never one to hold anything back, the 27-year-old may show off some of his newest concoctions at the Winter X Games this weekend — wearing his red boxing-glove mittens. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
FILE - Scotty James, of Australia, rides during the men's snowboard halfpipe at the Phoenix Snow Park at he Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. James has come a long way since his dad bought him a $10 snowboard from a shop that was using it as a doorstop. He’s won three world championship titles, six World Cup races and six Winter X medals, including three gold. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
FILE - Gold medalist Australia's Scotty James jumps in the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe for the FIS Snowboard World Cup held in Chongli county near Zhangjiakou in northern China's Hebei province on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019.
Tucked away on a private halfpipe in Switzerland, Scotty James has been charting the future. He envisions the best tricks at this year’s biggest halfpipe contests as the kind that only he can perform. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)