A few weeks ago at the Frostgun Invitational, held in the French good times town of Val D’Isere, we thought it was about high time we caught up with the UK’s James Woods, AKA Woodsy. Northern born Woodsy started out his ski career at the Sheffield Ski Village on the not so diverse (or forgiving) dry slope, so it’s pretty impressive that he has managed to make such a name for himself in the freestyle skiing world. So far this season he has managed to clinch two world cup wins and claim his second X Games medal, and news just in this weekend is that he claimed a silver at the World Championships in Oslo. On top of all that, he’s our real hope for Sochi, and not in a ‘he’s the best we’ve got so lets hope for the best’ kind of way, but as in he’s an actual real contender for slopestyle gold, so it’s exciting times ahead for both him and the UK freestyle skiing scene.
One thing we learnt from this interview was Woodsy’s passion for words. While we knew he was a guy that liked to talk, we weren’t quite prepared for the extent of his nattering. We even tried reining him in for our final question by limiting his answer to just ten words, but this limitation was met with a look of incredulous horror and the ten words swiftly spiralled into fifty odd… But in an interview lots of chat is what you want, so tune in to Woodsy as he gives us his take on the pressures of Sochi, his transformation from dryslope rookie to worldwide slopestyle star and the ongoing style vs spins debate.