Controversy over James, White scoring

Scotty James may have a point about points.

The Australian snowboarder, who had no beef with great rival Shaun White having the highest scoring run in qualifying for the halfpipe final at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday, took aim at judges in his sport earlier this week.

His concerns centred around White earning a 'perfect' 100 during a World Cup event last month while James couldn't get the same for a clean routine that included a trick no one else has done in competition.

James's trick - which involves three and a half spins, two flips and a blind entry and landing (switch backside double cork 1260) is highly regarded.

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Will White and James be marked on their merits in the final? Pic: Getty

White employs an extra half a spin on his major trick but the landing is easier.

So whose trick is better?

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According to one Olympic snowboarding judge, who didn't want to be named - it's James's.

"It depends on execution and amplitude (air) but on paper if both tricks were done well at good height - the switch back 12 ... as far as difficulty goes it is harder," the judge told AAP.

But it may not even be the tricks so much as the name.

"I do feel very much that they often judge you against yourself," says Australian snowboarder Holly Crawford, who has been to four Winter Olympics and was a 2011 world champion.

"The judges obviously watch the training and then they sort of come in with an idea in their head of where they are going to put everybody before the comp has even started to be perfectly honest.

"Unless you come out and do something completely different that they haven't seen before, which is difficult to do, you are sort of already in a line-up."

British snowboarder Aimee Fuller went one step further.

"Every (other) snowboarder starts from the bottom and they earn their points," she said last week.

"Shaun starts at the top and they deduct his points, so unless he does anything particularly wrong, he's staying at the top."

It's a scenario that James will be hoping doesn't unfold on Wednesday.

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