Henrik Harlaut's Pants Malfunction as Swedish Skier Crashes

Friday, 14 Feb 2014 07:54 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Swedish freestyle skier Henrik Harlaut came dangerously close to losing his pants and mooning the world this week when the 22-year-old crashed during a qualifying round at the Sochi Olympics.

Known for his ridiculously baggy riding pants, Harlaut took to the slopes Thursday at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park for his first qualifying run. But when the skier took a tumble, so did his pants.

Harlaut ended up finishing seventh.

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"I don't think skiing with my ski pants so low is an issue," he told reporters after the near-wardrobe malfunction
. "I've been skiing like this for 10 years now. It's my style and has been for a while. I feel really comfortable . . . I have suspenders which are all the way up to my shoulders to hold them up. I'm wearing XXXXL ski pants. No one else does in the team."

Harlaut's competitors didn’t think twice about the Swede's strange choice in fashion.

"He's always been the most baggy," Norwegian skier Per Kristian Hunder told Yahoo Sports. "It's just his style. And people love it. We have a pretty wide stance. I guess we could all ski with our pants down to our knees."

Harlaut's not the only Olympic athlete to suffer a wardrobe malfunction in Sochi. Earlier this week, Russian speed skater Olga Graf clinched the bronze medal in the women's 3,000-meter event and celebrated by unzipping her skintight racing suit down to her bellybutton. She must've forgotten she wasn't wearing anything underneath.

"I totally forgot," Graf told reporters through a translator after the race. "We have very good suits and they are very tight . . . You just want to breathe and you want to take off your suit."

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