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Eccentric Swedish skier loses his skis (and his pants) at Sochi Winter Games

Sweden's Henrik Harlaut performs a jump during the men's freestyle skiing slopestyle finals at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor Feb. 13, 2014


The next time a grownup tells some young upstart to pull up their pants, don't be surprised if the kid counters with, "But that's how Henrik Harlaut wears them."

The Daily Mail reports on the Swedish skier whose performance in Thursday's slopestyle event at the Sochi Winter Games ended up with him losing both his skis and his pants.

Despite the glaring wardrobe malfunction, the eccentric Harlaut who sports dreadlocks and has not cut his hair in four years, still managed to make it through to the medal round of his event.

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After Harlaut lost his skis during his first qualifying run, he was forced to make a walk of shame back up the slope to fetch them, during which his suspenders fought their usual losing battle to keep his ski pants in the rough vicinity of his waist area.

And of course nobody had to tell Harlaut that his drawers were low. Harlaut flashed the crowd a surfer's "hang-loose" sign after his run and said he has no plans to change his look.

"I don't find it difficult," said the skier following his run. "I've skied like that the past ten years. It's been [my style] for a while. I'm pretty comfortable like that."

By this stage, even Harlaut's competitors at the Sochi Games are accustomed to his drooping sartorial style.

"He's always been the most baggy," said Norwegian skier Per Kristian Hunder. "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."

And while the low-rider pants look might seem inappropriate when sported by the likes of, say, Justin Bieber, when they're worn in the pursuit of an Olympic gold medal, all is forgiven.

Go for the gold, Henrik.

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