Bronze medallist Scotty James lets emotions flow after dramatic snowboard halfpipe final

Scotty James Winter Olympics

American snowboarding legend Shaun White has claimed an astonishing record third Olympic gold medal as a late crash consigned Australian Scotty James to bronze in a thrilling men's halfpipe final.

SCOTTY James had managed to keep the tears at bay in the aftermath of a dramatic, emotional Olympic final.

Since he earned the top score from the two qualifying runs, he will take the halfpipe last in each of the three runs on Tuesday night.

The two-time gold medalist scored a 98.5 to edge Australia's Scotty James for the prime spot in Wednesday's three-run final.

The bronze is Australia's 14th Winter Olympics medal and fifth bronze.

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

USA contender Shaun White claimed gold, and Japan's Ayumu Hirano took home silver in one of the best halfpipe finals in Olympic history.

"It has been an absolute whirlwind season and I've had some really good fights and some ups and downs and it has all been boiling to this point".

"My goal was to come out here and ride the best I can and fly my Australian flag in a sport that is not necessarily done by Australians", James 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".

James becomes the second Australian medallist of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics after Matt Graham won silver in the moguls.

As he proved during the second run on Monday, the 23-year-old is not afraid of eclipsing White and forcing the American to deliver his best run at any time.

"I only get one opportunity every four years to show my country what I can do, and I think I displayed that as well as I could".

Then, when reunited with his family, he could hold them back no longer.

"I'm just grateful to be standing up on the podium". "It's been an incredible ride".

James celebrating his bronze in the men's halfpipe.

"He is one of the most flawless snowboarders I know".

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