Norway's Øystein Bråten is well on his way to becoming one of the most respected slopestyle and big air skiers of his generation.
As an X Games gold medal winner in Slopestyle, Øystein Bråten has the freestyle skiing world at his feet. He started skiing around the time he could walk, and started trying tricks at the age of eight. The whole reason he tried freestyle skiing in the first place was because he admired the freeskiers at his local ski school, but that all seems like a distant memory now.
It's clear that extreme snow action runs in the Bråten family blood, as Øystein is the younger brother of professional snowboarder Gjermund Bråten. In fact, he credits much of his comfort on rails to shredding with his big bro when he was younger.
Most of Øystein's time these days is spent skiing with friends and other professional freeskiers like Bendik Øye and Andreas Håtveit, who inspire him to get better and go bigger.
Having competed for his country in slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Øystein has been on a upward trajectory ever since. In 2015, he pulled off a mind-melting world first Flip-to-Flip – flipping onto a rail, balancing the whole way through and then finishing off with a misty off the rail in one epic trick, and since that ground-breaking moment medals have been flowing in a rapid rate, including a coveted first X Games Slopestyle gold medal in 2017's contest. He's a freeski legend in the making.