Winter Olympics: Teenager Red Gerard wins first USA medal

12 February, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Winter Olympics: Teenager Red Gerard wins first USA medal

The first American medal of the 2018 Olympics belongs to 17-year-old Red Gerard, who won gold in the men's snowboard slopestyle on Sunday morning.

Canada's Max Parrot reacts after completing his run in the men's slopestyle finals at Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang, South Korea on February 11, 2018.

Norwegians Staale Sandbech and Markus Kleveland slipped up during their last shots, too, leaving only Parrot in Gerard's way.

Gerard shook Bach's hand, said nice to meet you, and trotted back toward the finish area where the three men who were supposed to beat him took the final three runs of the competition.

The diminutive Gerard, the second-youngest of seven siblings who grew up in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to Colorado, seemed stunned as he became the youngest Olympic snowboarding champion ever. And he now can do what no other snowboarder has done since the discipline entered the Olympics: win two medals.

When his time came, Gerard nailed it.


The final will still be held Monday (Sunday night in the U.S.), but all 27 athletes will now compete in the final, and it will be a two-run format.

Red Gerard's hometown of Rocky River went insane as their native son took home the first gold medal for the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

"I just told myself that I want to land a run and I was a little bummed on my first two runs because I fell a couple of times".

"Most of all, I'd just like to land runs, to be honest. That is what I will take away from today, but of course I would have preferred a better result". He said, oh, whatever, X Games is a bigger deal to me. "The rails were tight, but we all have to ride the same course and adapt", said USA rider Ryan Stassel, who fell in both of his runs in the first heat. So he never really watched the Olympics. They were the heavy favorites going into the event, so it wasn't surprising.

McMorris, a bronze medalist when slopestyle made its Olympic debut in Sochi four years ago, put up an 85.20 during his second run but under-rotated during the last jump of his final landing.

His medal came on an eventful day after an quake triggered an alert, winds disrupted events and a fire warning was issued on a day of more sub-zero cold that left athletes and spectators shivering.

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