Scott James is aiming for gold, Eva Vukadinova seething with rage when the instructor interrupts her run

Australia’s Scotty James may need to dig further into his bag of tricks to win gold in the men’s halfpipe.

To beat Japan’s Ayumu Hirano and three-time US gold medalist Shaun White, James may need to top his impressive 1440 tail grab that saw him qualify second for the finals with a score of 91.25.

Luckily, the three-time Olympic champion boasts the fearsome triple cork move that has yet to be successfully performed in competition and is ready to try his luck if the maneuver takes him to the top spot of the podium.

Seven weeks ago, gold medal favorite Hirano landed the trick at an event in Switzerland. However, due to the difficulty and effort it took to compete, he was unable to put on a clean run and benefit on the scoreboard.

Snowboard legend White also tried the change in training a few years ago, but had to take him to the hospital.

So one big question looms over the highly-anticipated finale: will it take a death-defying triple cork to claim the gold?

Australian finalist Valentino Guseli has yet to master the trick but will use his strength to reach new heights for an outside medal chance.

Guseli went hard in his first qualifying run and crashed early. However, on his second attempt to qualify fifth, he bounced back with a score of 85.75. For his first games, the 16-year-old is thrilled to be competing in the company of Pyeong Chang bronze medalist James.

“I think he’s definitely one of the podium or gold potentials,” he said. “And I’m super excited to be his teammate. He just killed it for so long. I really adored him.”

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