Scotty's big Australian dream after Olympic bronze

He's the Winter Olympics medallist without anywhere in his own country to practise his craft, but Scotty James is hoping that can all change.

Third in Wednesday's snowboard halfpipe final, James now has some extra cache to go with an X Games title and two world championship wins.

And he's hoping that will ultimately lead to a halfpipe getting built in Australia.

Currently there isn't an Olympic-sized halfpipe or 'superpipe' in any NSW or Victorian resort, the nearest southern hemisphere facility being at Cardrona, in New Zealand in the South Island.

"I'd absolutely love that," James said.

"It would make my dreams a reality to have a halfpipe in Australia - I think that would be amazing.

"That would be the only thing I am missing at the moment in my training and preparation.

Scotty with his bronze medal. Image: Getty

"I spend 11 months away from home at the moment trying to ride a halfpipe."

James wouldn't give too much away but he has been working closely with Falls Creek in Victoria with the suggestion being it would be possible to build one high in the resort.

Relatively expensive to construct and taking a lot of regular maintenance, halfpipes have been rare in Australia with the last one seen in Perisher.

Ironically, the last full-sized superpipe in Australia was used by Shaun White.

Built with the help of his sponsors just out the back of Perisher in 2013, White based there for part of October to train privately for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

But it didn't do him much good - the American finishing off the podium in Russia for the one and only time in his Olympic career.

Meanwhile, Olympic Winter Institute CEO Geoff Lipshut said that James could have won the competition on his second run had he not dragged his arm attempting a 1440.

Lipshut said after discussions with judges he was told James didn't need to do such a big trick and could have won gold without it on that run.

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