At the Winter X Games XVII in Aspen, Colorado, Harlaut won the gold medal in big air and the silver medal in slopestyle. In the big air final he landed the first-ever "nose butter triple cork 1620" (a series of choreographed flips and spins he had not even tried himself before) and scored a perfect 50 points.
Harlaut is well known for his unusual appearance, and skied in the Winter Olympics in Sochi with "Trousers round his knees and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle gloves", losing his trousers in the qualifying round in a "wardrobe malfunction". As a result, he fell short of a medal and finished sixth. After his run, Harlaut gave the Wu-Tang Clan hand sign to the cameras and declared that "Wu-Tang is for the children", echoing the words spoken by rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard when he interrupted the 1998 Grammy Awards on behalf of the group.