Henrik Harlaut wins 2013 freestyle.ch big air
On Sunday, Henrik Harlaut nose buttered his way to the top of the freestyle.ch podium in Zurich, Switzerland. This marks the 19th edition of the famed action sports festival. And to see Harlaut atop the final freeski standing is no surprise; the Swedish sensation hasn’t missed a damn podium in a single big air contest he’s entered since the start of the 2012/13 season.
Twelve athletes started the day with three runs each to prove their worth. In order to advance to the four-man final, athletes would have to bag a solid score in each of two categories: style and tech. After a few hours of action, it would be Henrik Harlaut, Kai Mahler, Gus Kenworthy and Torin Yater-Wallace who would battle for the top spots before a rowdy crowd, 33,000 strong.
In the finals, athletes needed only to stomp one outstanding trick to take the cake; the best run—judged on overall impression—would win.
Mr. Yater-Wallace ended up fourth on the day with a switch double 14; a slight bobble on the grab may have cost him a spot on the podium. In third was Telluride’s Gus Kenworthy, whose double cork 14 blunt—complete with 4.0 landing—was a true beaut’. Taking second was local boy Kai Mahler, who impressed the judges with a switch double misty 14 mute; Mahler finished a mere .33 points shy of Henrik Harlaut’s top score, which was awarded to his trademark nose butter double cork 1260 blunt.
2013 freestyle.ch big air results:
1. Henrik Harlaut (SWE) 95.33
2. Kai Mahler (SUI) 95.00
3. Gus Kenworthy (USA) 93.00
4. Torin Yater-Wallace (USA) 73.33
5. Jossi Wells (NZL)
6. Jules Bonnaire (FRA)
7. Phil Casabon (CAN)
8. Jonas Hunziker (SUI)
9. Elias Ambühl (SUI)
10. Vincent Gagnier (CAN)
11. Alex Schlopy (USA)
12. Bene Mayr (GER)
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Henrik Lampert loves hot dogs, backflips, the Boston Bruins and Norway. Twenty-seven years old and a Massachusetts native, he's the Editor of Freeskier Magazine and Freeskier.com—a proud staffer since 2010.