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Street Fight in Norway — X Games Oslo Ski Big Air Eliminations

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20 skiers, 8 finals spots, 2 jumps apiece — today’s Big Air eliminations at X Games Oslo more than slightly resembled a cage match.


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Kai Mahler tweaks the jeebies out of a switch double misty 1260 mute on his way to a sixth-place finish in the qualifiers. Photo: David Malacrida

It was a battle to the death — or at least to the bottom of the trick bag. Today’s Ski Big Air Eliminations at the X Games Oslo more than slightly resembled a cage match, as 20 competitors were given two chances apiece to post a score high enough to claim one of eight coveted finals spots.

Those who skied their way out of the melee included Fabian Boesch from Switzerland, who stomped a massive triple cork 1620 safety clean on the last jump of the day to claim the top qualifying score of 92.66.

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Close behind were Øystein Bråten with a well-scored switch double cork 1440 tail grab (90.33) and Henrik Harlaut, whose forward double bio 1260 safety was good enough for 88.33 and the third qualifying spot.

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Those who missed the cut included James Woods, who couldn’t grab tail convincingly enough on his double cork 1260 tail to truck driver; Jossi Wells, whose landed a perfect switch double cork 1080 safety on his first run, but couldn’t up the ante on his second; and Vincent Gagnier, who couldn’t put down his highly difficult switch cork 5, pretzel 180 to the judges’ satisfaction.

Our coverage of X Games Olso continues tomorrow with Women’s and Men’s Ski Big Air finals, starting at 16:00 and 18:00 CET respectively. Get the full scoop on the Winter X Games’ return to Europe at our Oslo X Games page.

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