The first USA gold medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics was won by 17-year-old Red Gerard, who went from last place to first place on his final run to win the men's snowboard slopestyle final. Gerard had been in last place before launching his board one last time at scintillating speed in the men's slopestyle final at Phoenix Snow Park to beat all comers.
"I was just psyched to land a run", said Gerard, who finished third in the second heat of 18 riders, good enough for one of 12 spots in the final.
Gerard becomes the youngest United States snowboarder to win an Olympic medal since the sport made its Games debut at Nagano 1998.
Most viewers watching the Olympics on NBC on Saturday night assumed that the events being shown were live. With another trip to the awards podium, he would become the first snowboarder to win two medals at a single Olympics. "I was just like, 'I came all the way out here, I was just trying to land a run most of all'". "I can not believe what just happened.That was enough for me just to land a run, so to get first is insane".
But it's even nicer for the man (boy, I guess?) who did it: 17-year-old Red Gerrard, a surprise victor of the men's snowboard slopestyle competition.
Red Gerard won the first gold medal - and first medal overall - for Team USA on Sunday in Pyeongchang, South Korea. I think the judges liked that.
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"Very much so, it is really cool that I can snowboard again", he said. "He was just confused, happy, overwhelmed, I guess". "I just kind of grew up watching Dew Tour and X Games". So he never really watched the Olympics.
Canada's Max Parrot and Mark McMorris won silver and bronze with runs of 86.00 and 85.20. "Right now, I definitely want to go film snowboarding, but I don't know how I'm going to feel in three or four years".
Mark McMorris completed his remarkable comeback from injury and was in a gold medal position heading into the final run.
With youth on his side and in 11th place out of 11 athletes left vying for the medals, the teenager could easily have been dismissed as having arrived at the Olympics a few years too early.
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