Appearing at his first Olympics at the age of 15 and in countless other competitions since, James has always known the importance of recovery. Besides soaking in glacial ice baths and eating a healthy and balanced diet, technology is playing an increasingly important role in his routines.
“I use the Therabody Theragun a lot and anything that will keep me fresh. I think with where the sport is going, it’s progressing a such a fast rate, and recovery and making sure that I’m on top of all those things are as important as my training on the mountain,” he told GQ.
Now at an age where snowboarders often begin to peak, James credits Shaun White and Tom Brady for showing that is possible to compete at the highest level even at an advanced age – as long as you take care of yourself both physically and mentally in the best possible way.
“[…] How long can I do well? How long I can be at the top?”, James cites as one of his motivations. “I love seeing people like Tom Brady breaking down those stereotypes and these guys that are doing that are also being very switched on in their recovery and making sure they’re ready to go.”
About Scotty James
Born on July 6th, 1994, in Warrandyte, Victoria, Australia, Scott James became the youngest Australian to compete at the Olympic Winter Games in more than 50 years when he represented his country at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 15.
His achievements include a bronze medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games and a silver medal at the most recent 2022 Beijing Winter Games. James also won the superpipe competition of the Winter X Games a total of four times and has not finished outside the top three since 2016.