Jon Olsson

The inventor of the Kangaroo Flip

Jon Olsson cornering around a flag on the way down the slope in Panorama, Canada
© Mattias Fredriksson/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Jon Olsson. My discipline is freeski big air & slopestyle. I was born on 17 August 1982 in Mora, Sweden. My special talent is surfing. My philosophy of life is all in. The most important person in my life is my girlfriend, Janni. My favourite food is black cod. My favourite music is pretty much anything.

Bio

Jon Olsson is indisputably one of the best freestyle skiers in the world. Throughout his career, he has taken medals away from the Rip Curl tour, the US Freeskiing Open, and was crowned Red Bull Big Air champion in 2003. Jon's total Winter X Games medals stash is now in double digits, and the freeski legend has been hosting his own tournaments since 2005.  The Jon Olsson Invitational, a prestigious Big Air competition, is an annual highlight in any freeskier’s diary, and the Jon Olsson Super Sessions - a team event that calls upon skiers to spend two weeks making a short film - has been running since 2007. Jon even won the Invitational himself back in 2006...

But some of his greatest accomplishments lie outside the realms of medals and prestigious awards - Jon's creative flair has seen him bring some new innovative moves to the table, inventing the likes of the Hexo flip and the DJ flip. It's perhaps the Kangaroo Flip - a double flatspin 900 - that has earned the Swedish skier a reputation for pulling out some truly sick tricks, no more so than when he used the Kangaroo to score a victory in the Big Air competition at the 2008 Winter X Games. However, that same year he sustained a knee injury that required surgery – an injury that would make a reappearance in future.

Jon later made the switch to alpine skiing and made his debut in the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Val d'Isère in 2010. Following some early successes, he set his sights on qualifying for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, 2014. However, he was prevented from fulfilling his dream when his knee injury struck again in 2013.

However, following a second course of surgery, Jon is now on the mend and looks to make a return to the sport in the future.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2013
    1. 1st Place: Red Bull Home Run

      Åre, Sweden

  2. 2013
    1. 5th Place: Vattenfall Alpine Challenge

      Åre, Sweden

  3. 2012
    1. 1st Place: Red Bull Home Run

      Åre, Sweden

  4. 2011
    1. 1st Place: Clash of the Nations - Big Air

      Falun, Sweden

  5. 2009
    1. 2nd Place: Winter X-Games - Big Air

      Aspen, Colorado, USA

  6. 2008
    1. 1st Place: Winter X-Games - Big Air

      Aspen, Colorado, USA

  7. 2007
    1. 1st Place: US Freeskiing Open - Slopestyle

      Copper Mountain, USA

  8. 2006
    1. 1st Place: Jon Olsson Invitational - Big Air

      Åre, Sweden