PHOTOS: Swedish Skier Henrik Harlaut Loses His Pants on the Sochi Slopes

02/13/2014 at 04:06 PM ET

Henrik Harlaut Slopestyle SochiCameron Spencer/Getty

Hey Olga Graf: You’re not the only athlete to suffer a wardrobe malfunction at the Winter Olympics. Swedish skier Henrik Harlaut almost lost his pants during his Slopestyle qualifying round Thursday, broadcasting his blue long johns to the world.

Turns out, Harlaut’s low-hanging bottoms are all part of his ski swagger. “I don’t think skiing with my ski pants so low is an issue,” the Olympian told the AFP after his event. “I have been skiing like this for 10 years now. It is my style and has been for a while. I feel really comfortable.”

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Henrik Harlaut Slopestyle SochiAl Bello/Getty; AP

Even his fellow competitors know that when it comes to Harlaut’s bottoms, the baggier the better. “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.”

We don’t want to give away any spoilers — you’ll have to see if his pants-dropping drama led to jaw-dropping results on the medal stand. What do you think of his slope style? Share your thoughts below!

–Brittany Talarico

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Guest on

Really? Really People? There are so many other newsworthy stories to report from the Olympics – much better than this one.

Me on

Omg this was hilarious! The funniest moment of the games…was cracking up on the couch!

Kimberly on

Guess this proves it’s not only American young men who wear their clothes like a bunch of idiots……..

Gretchen on

I would like to be able to say I thought it was funny, no big deal, or whatever, but…this skier’s tremendous skill was overshadowed by his clown costume, and his flashing his underwear. I’m not some old bat, but there’s a time and a place, and the Olympics isn’t it. Too many people don’t have any idea what is appropriate and what is not…… Practice in your “lucky drawers” all you want to, but have enough self-respect to dress appropriately when competing. please.

DLS on

We saw him on TV tonight. My husband and I were laughing our heads off. He looked ridiculous, but we didn’t see anything other than long underwear and he was not the only one with their undies showing. My husband can’t believe he made it to the Olympics without failing a drug test. Well, at least it was entertaining to watch.

CAWL on

It’s sad that people are so focused on his style they choose to mock him instead of celebrate his skill.
He can wear whatever he darn well pleases, he has the skill to send him to the Olympics.
All the haters can’t get further than the sofa.

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