Judges gave Olympic big-air gold medalist Birk Ruud a series of 69 scores after he took an epic victory lap as his final run

Norway's Birk Ruud.
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  • Norway's Birk Ruud won gold in the men's freestyle-skiing big-air final at the Beijing Olympics.

  • Having already secured the win ahead of his last run, the 21-year-old took an epic victory lap.

  • Judges from different countries joined forces to reward Ruud with a 69 score on the meaningless run.

The Norwegian freestyle-skiing superstar Birk Ruud already had the gold medal squared away before lining up for his final run in the men's big-air event at the Beijing Olympics.

So he took a victory lap.

With Norway's flag in his left hand, the 21-year-old pulled out a massive rotation with a grab. He landed cleanly, then unfurled the red, white, and blue fabric behind him.

Birk Ruud.
Ruud waves Norway's flag.AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

It was far from Birk's most impressive stunt of the event, but it didn't matter: The gold was already his. And the judges rewarded him regardless.

All six awarded him a cheeky score of 69 for the stylish, flag-waving final run.


Birk Rudd earns a 69 on his victory lap in the men's big air final at the Beijing Olympics.
Rudd earned a 69 on his victory lap in the men's big-air final at the Beijing Olympics.NBC

Ruud earned the first Olympic medal of his career with the stunning big-air victory. And the feat came less than a year after the four-time X Games medalist lost his father, Øivind.

"Papa, you're with me," Ruud said to the cameras after securing his spot atop the podium.

If you're in the US, check out the entire event — including Rudd's grand finale — on NBC's website. If you're elsewhere, check out the clip below:

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