Norway’s Birk Ruud wins first men’s freeski Big Air Olympic gold

Birk RuudPhoto: Fredrik Varfjell / NTB
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Norway’s Birk Ruud secured the first men’s freeski Big Air Olympic gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games on Wednesday.

21-year-old Ruud landed a switch left triple 1980 mute, five and a half rotations, in the first run, scoring a total of 187.75. 

With that, he was assured of the title before the third and final jump, which he carried out holding the Norwegian flag.

Sweden’s Henrik Harlaut (181.00) took the bronze. Wednesday’s event was widely seen as a duel between Ruud and Hall, who won the Winter X Games last month.

“Thank you, Norway, everybody. This has been a goal since I was at the NTG U (school) when I was 13, and now we’re here,” he stated.

Source: NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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