Henrik Harlaut's Journey to Winter X Games Stardom – Can it Continue in France?
The courses are constructed and the athletes have arrived – Euro X Games 2013 is ready to commence. Among those heralded names making the trip to France will be Henrik Harlaut. The 21-year-old Swede is one of the newest stars in the sport. He arrives in Tignes riding the momentum of a two-medal performance in Aspen in January, which included a Gold Medal in Big Air by way of a first-ever Nose Butter Triple Cork 1620. He’ll be looking to add to his medal-haul when competition begins on Thursday.
The triple is controversial territory in freeskiing circles. Even Harlaut would admit it. The number of rotations receives too much attention over the style and execution of the grab, purists say. Up until he landed the trick, Harlaut says he’d never even attempted a triple. But on the evening of January 27, 2013, he was in a flow. He’d landed everything he needed to land to take the lead – nose butter double cork 10s and 12s. Though he knew he had the ability, he was reluctant to attempt a triple, preferring to win without it. His friend and mentor, Tanner Hall enticed him: “put yourself into the history books.” Harlaut landed the trick and received a perfect 50. He won the Gold and a day later won Silver in Slopestyle.
Though Big Air isn’t a part of the Euro X event schedule, Harlaut arrives in France hoping to improve on his Slopestyle Silver. Regardless, Harlaut will be smiling and joking along the way, much like he did in Aspen. Harlaut put together a Day in the Life-style edit documenting his historic experience at Winter X Games in Aspen in uniquely-Henrik fashion. Enjoy. (Excuse the occasional f-bomb.)