Olympics 2022 | Ruud wins Big Air premiere for men

Ski freestyler Birk Ruud has become the first Olympic champion in the men’s Big Air competition. The Norwegian won the first edition of the discipline at the Winter Games in Beijing thanks to outstanding jumps in the first two of the three final rounds with 187.75 points. Silver went to the US American Colby Stevenson (183.00), bronze to the Swede Henrik Harlaut (91.00) at the Shougang facility.

Two-time X-Games winner Ruud had already won the qualification. In the last round he jumped, already confirmed as Olympic champion, with a Norwegian flag in his hand. It was already the fourth gold medal in Beijing for the Scandinavians.

German athletes were not at the start. The Big Air competition, held on a former steelworks site, is part of the Olympic program for the first time in Beijing.

In the women’s event, China’s superstar Eileen Gu, who was born in California, won her first of up to three possible gold medals on Tuesday. The only German starter, Aliah Delia Eichinger, missed entering the medal fight when she was 18th in her Olympic debut.


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