The final major freeskiing competition of the 2017/2018 season, X Games Norway, went down over the weekend in Oslo, Norway.
Photo by Nick Guise-Smith / ESPN Images
The event, which combined summer (skateboarding) and winter (snowboarding and skiing) sports via a scaffolding big air setup for the latter, saw some of the world’s top athletes make their way to the Land of the Midnight Sun to plunder like the Vikings.
On the skiing side of things, there was one discipline on the docket, big air, in which local favourite Birk Rudd scored his first X Games medal, and a gold one at that, on home turf.
Just behind him in second was the winningest big air skier in X Games history, Henrik ‘E-Dollo’ Harlaut, who took home his 10th X Games medal with an ever-present smile on his face.
And rounding out the podium in third was Olympic slopestyle gold medalist and hometown hero Oystein Braten, who finished the most successful season of his already illustrious career with his third X Games medal of the winter.
Henrik Harlaut (2nd), Birk Ruud (1st), Oystein Braten (3rd). Photo by Nick Guise-Smith / ESPN Images
1) Birk Ruud
2) Henrik Harlaut
3) Oystein Braten
4) Alex Hall
5) Christian Nummedal
6) Fabian Boesch
7) James Woods
8) Kai Mahler
9) Oscar Wester
10) Felix Usterud
11) Elias Syrja
12) Hugo Burvall
13) Jesper Tjader
14) Ferdinand Dahl
Amongst the ladies, Swedish newcomer Jennie-Lee Burmansson, the youngest competitor in the event at age 15, scored her second X Games medal of the season (following her slopestyle bronze in Aspen) with a gold.
In second was the always consistent Giulia Tanno, who earned herself a bit of redemption after having to miss the Olympic due to injury.
And in third was the woman who put freeskiing in Norway on the map, veteran Tiril Christiansen.
Giulia Tanno (2nd), Jennie-Lee Burmansson (1st), Tiril Christiansen (3rd). Photo by Nick Guise-Smith / ESPN Images
1) Jennie-Lee Burmansson
2) Giulia Tanno
3) Tiril Christiansen
4) Sarah Hoefflin
5) Dominique Ohaco
6) Lara Wolf
7) Zuzana Stromkova
Congrats to the X Games Norway organizers and all of the competitors for another incredible instalment of the event, and for more on what went down, visit xgames.com.