James Woods flies through the Cardrona sky (Neil Kerr/Winter Games NZ)
10 September 2018

Woodsy nails top 5 at opening World Cup

James 'Woodsy' Woods has opened his 2018/19 World Cup campaign in emphatic fashion with fifth place in the Big Air at Cardrona, New Zealand.

After his heat was put back a day, Woods grabbed the final qualifying position by finishing fifth and moving through to the 10-man final.

Forward and backwards triple cork 1440s earned Woods fifth place overall - less than four points off the podium - with all skiers from his qualifying heat finishing in the top six.

Switzerland's Andri Ragettli won the event ahead of Evan McEachran (Canada) and Finn Bilous (New Zealand) with Norway's Birk Ruud in fourth.

The FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup now goes on hiatus for a couple of months before resuming in November with big air in Modena, Italy and slopestyle in Stubai, Austria.

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