Henrik Harlaut wins the silver medal in Men’s Ski Big Air at X Games Norway 2018 earning his tenth X Games medal tying Jon Olsson for second-most ski medals in X Games history.
In the highly anticipated event, eight of the world’s best skiers took to the massive big air jump in beautiful Oslo, Norway. Strategy was the name of the game, as each skier was given three jump attempts, with only the best two scores counting toward the total. Competitors were required to land two different tricks, which upped the ante for progression.
Harlaut came out swinging and landed a left double cork nose butter 1620 on his first hit, making him one of the only competitors to try this super technical trick. Then on his second hit, he stepped it up even more and unleashed an absolutely flawless switch left triple cork 1440 mute. Judges awarded him a score of 49.33 for this single trick. With this score, Harlaut seemingly had the win in the bag, but it just wasn’t the case for him today. On his third and final attempt, Harlaut tried to clean up his left double cork 1620 tail, but it wasn’t quite enough to secure gold. Despite his best efforts, Harlaut had to settle for second, but he was still all smiles following the high-energy event.
“I’m hyped on my skiing; today was fun” said Harlaut after the event and then he congratulated all of the skiers for riding so well.