Last night, before a rowdy crowd on Aspen’s Buttermilk Mountain, Henrik Harlaut successfully defended his big air title. In second place, Vincent Gagnier. Placing third, Kai Mahler.
We saw 10 athletes vie for a podium spot. From the two qualifying heats, complete with five skiers each, only three would advance to the final, following 15-minute jam sessions. Thus, we witnessed a six-man final. In terms of scoring: judges combine the skiers’ two best scores (out of 50) to determine the winners.
Our 2013 Skier of the Year bagged an overall score of 93.00, thanks to a nose butter triple cork 1620 safety (48 points) and a switch tail butter double cork 1080 (45 points). The nose butter 16, of course, earned him his win in 2013. The switch tail butter double, on the other hand, was never-before-seen in a ski big air contest.
After earning the top score in Friday’s slopestyle elimination round, Harlaut will be one to watch for in today’s slopestyle final, as well; he looks to improve upon his X Games silver, earned here in slopestyle in 2013.
Results: 2014 GoPro big air final at X Games
1. Henrik Harlaut — 93.00
2. Vincent Gagnier — 90.00
3. Kai Mahler — 87.00
4. Luca Tribondeau — 81.00
5. Alex Beaulieu-Marchand — 79.00
6. Jossi Wells — 73.00