Olsson wins inaugural big air contest | AspenTimes.com

Olsson wins inaugural big air contest

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
Jon Olsson of Norway flies with his skis over the 65 foot high landing ramp on Friday, Jan., 25, 2008 for the Big Air competition at the Winter X Games at Buttermilk Ski Area near Aspen, Colo.. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)

ASPEN ” The night ended on an odd note in a new event.

The event was skiing big air, which features riders doing one trick off a huge ramp in head-to-head competition.

The judging was done in “American Idol” format with a judge sitting on a carved-out log bench telling the competitors what he thought of their run. The other part of the judging was done by fans who text-messaged their votes.

To top it off, the two finalists, Jon Olsson and Charles Gagnier, had to decide who would go first in an awkward game of rock, paper, scissors.

Olsson ended up winning, getting the vote from the judge and 70 percent from the fans with a spectacular trick called the Kangaroo Flip, which is essentially an off-axis double flip.

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