Even the best freestyle skiers in the world still make mistakes and take a dive into the hill. In Swedish Olympian Henrik Harlaut ’s case, almost losing his pants goes right along with the fall.
Harlaut was participating in the ski slopestyle qualifier when he took a tumble. The fall caused his incredibly baggy pants to be wrapped around his knees while his blue stretch pants were revealed for all to see. Even though he wears suspenders to make sure his pants that are at least three sizes too big don’t slide off, it was only a matter of time until something like this happened.
The 22-year-old isn’t necessarily out to make a fashion statement at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. With that being said, his fashion is exactly what gets discussed. He has grown out his dreadlocks for four years and he can always be seen in baggy clothing on the course. The assumption would be that his peers wouldn’t be a fan of the way he goes about his business, but the reality is Harlaut’s fans seem to enjoy his enthusiasm about the sport.
The biggest reason why he doesn’t get much flak from other competitors is the fact that he’s regarded as one of the best freestyle skiers on this planet. He took home the silver medal in slopestyle and the gold medal in big air at the 2013 Winter X Games in Aspen last year. He repeated his achievement in big air this year, as he took home gold again at the Winter X Games.
Say what you want about the guy, but the man can tear it up on the hill. Unfortunately, his mistake on Thursday gave him a seventh place finish.