Norway’s Birk Ruud scores all 69s in big-air gold medal victory lap

BEIJING — Norway’s Birk Ruud was awarded a gold medal on Wednesday in the Olympic’s first men’s freestyle skiing big air event at the former Shougang Group steel mill.

The 21-year-old had already secured victory prior to his final run, so he took a victory lap with the Nordic country’s red and indigo blue flag in hand — which the judges awarded with a round of 69s.


Park City’s Colby Stevenson finished with the silver medal, and Winter Sports School grad Alex Hall came in at eighth.

Ruud lost his father last year due to cancer, and at end of his final run, cameras caught him saying, “Papa… You’re with me.”

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