Year-old Redmond Gerard grabs first gold for United States of America in slopestyle final

Year-old Redmond Gerard grabs first gold for United States of America in slopestyle final

Snowboarder Redmond Gerard - more commonly known as simply "Red" - has won the first US medal in Pyeongchang, taking a gold medal at the Winter Olympics with a stunning comeback win in the men's slopestyle final.

Gerard stumbled his way through his opening two runs at tricky, windy and sun-splashed Phoenix Snow Park. His score of 87.16 was just enough to slip by Parrot.

Things looked even better for Canada a few hours later in Heat 2, when Quebec's Max Parrot took the top spot in the qualifying round, followed by Saskatchewan's Mark McMorris in second and Ontario's Tyler Nicholson in fifth.

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.

Canada was still looking for its first medal after Saturday's competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, but big results from the country's snowboarders, curlers and lugers suggested that a trip to the podium would not be far off. "I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow", Gerard said.

Despite his rough start in the final, Gerard paused to pose for photos with fans after his first run, a sign that he was following the advice of his mother, Jen.

The U.S.is finally on the board in PyeongChang, and it's thanks to a 17-year-old.

Year-old Redmond Gerard grabs first gold for United States of America in slopestyle final

Charlotte Kalla of Sweden won the first gold medal of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, taking the women's 15-kilometer skiathlon.

"I think a unified one is stronger than two divided ones".

"It was the cleanest trick in my run so I was really stoked on that and that was definitely the deciding factor for me", he said. "I'm pretty sure I saw a video of them shotgunning beers at 8:30 a.m., so I'm pretty sure they are doing just fine".

"Very much so, it is really cool that I can snowboard again", he said. Gerard went into first by 1.96 points over Canadian Mark McMorris. "I never really realized how big it is". "My son just won an Olympic gold medal".

"Red loves to snowboard, and it's good to have someone like him win the game today", Toutant said.

McMorris's remarkable feat after cheating death did not go unnoticed by USA ski "queen" Lindsey Vonn, who tweeted a split photo, one half of the Canadian in a hospital bed with numerous tubes attached to him and the other showing him smiling and a superimposed bronze medal.

However, it was Canada's Parrot who secured the highest scoring run of the second heat.

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