Monster Energy would like to congratulate Henrik Harlaut for skiing his absolute best and earning the coveted win in men’s Slopestyle Finals at X Games Aspen. On Saturday he also took gold in men’s Ski Big Air earning him double gold medals.
On the fourth and final day, eight of the world’s best skiers took to the massive slopestyle course and battled it out in one of the most anticipated competitions of the event.
Riding the high from winning his fifth X Games Gold in Big Air Harlaut rose to the occasion and skied with passion and determination on Sunday.
The 26-year-old took to the course and unleashed a huge first run that put him in gold medal contention and kept him there throughout the entire three-run final.
On the top rail section, Harlaut had some of the smoothest and most technical switch-ups of the day, then stomped all three of his jumps flawlessly.
His run was a dizzying array of spins and double corks that went like this: Left 270 pretzel 270, disaster 450 to 450 on the down flat down, blind 360 swap on the rainbow, switch right double cork 1080 with a high safety grab, switch triple 1260, and a nosebutter double cork 1260 blunt. This incredible run was awarded 93.00 by the judges.
After putting down that huge run, the rest of the field was on the hunt to catch Harlaut, but despite their best efforts, no one was able to match his technical prowess and style.
“This is honestly the very best skiing I’ve ever done,” said Harlaut after the event. He was beaming ear to ear and stoked on his double-gold medal performance. "The practice didn’t go very bad, but it didn’t go super good, so this is just a surprise. I am so stoked, I don’t have any words for how this feels. Thank you, thank you so much.”
Fellow Monster Energy athletes James Woods, Alex Beaulieu-Marchand and Gus Kenworthy also skied well in finals and placed just outside the podium. The teammates placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.