Red Gerard's hometown Rocky River celebrates gold medal win

Red Gerard's hometown Rocky River celebrates gold medal win

Champion Redmond Gerard of the USA (C), second-placed Max Parrot of Canada (L) and third-placed Mark Mcmorris of Canada pose for group pohotos after the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at the Phoenix Snow Park in PyeongChang, South Korea, on February 11, 2018.

Seventeen-year-old Red Gerard, from Silverthorne, Colorado, in his debut Olympics, won the men's slopestyle snowboarding competition.

Gerard, who at 17 was the youngest competitor in the field, had been sitting in last place after his first two runs.

McMorris had been sitting atop the standings after his second-run score of 85.20 before Gerard surpassed him with 87.16 points in his final attempt.

Red Gerard was the only American snowboarder to advance to the slopestyle finals at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Gerard's road to the Olympics started in his backyard.

Gerard - real name Redmond - is also the first ever medalist at the Olympic Winter Games born after January 1 2000, according to Gracenote. I was a little bummed on my first two runs because I fell a couple of times. Parrot washed out in his first two runs on Sunday, failing to post a score anywhere close to podium-worthy.

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.




At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Kotsenburg also gave the US its first gold medal of those games in snowboard slopestyle.

"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.

"It's a duel that motivates me", said Fourcade, the 29-year-old French army officer.

After the run came the waiting game, as a few more boarders went down the course. He beat Max Parrot and Mark McMorris.

But Canada's Mark McMorris staked an early claim for the most inspirational story of the Games with his slopestyle bronze - just 11 months after a near-fatal crash. "We are all friends out there so, yeah, they were just really happy that we all landed runs".

Viewers could clearly hear the shocked teen say 'Holy s***' on tv as he finished his final run.

"The rails are really high", Parrot said. They were the heavy favorites going into the event, so it wasn't surprising.

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