Red Gerard's hometown Rocky River celebrates gold medal win

Pyeonchang's coastal location on the western side of the Korean Peninsula and near the Sea of Japan
How Red Gerard's Family Helped Him To Win Olympic Gold
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12 February, 2018

The 17-year-old, the youngest athlete in the competition, jumped from eighth place to first with a score of 87.16 points in his third and final run.

Red Gerard won the United States' first gold medal at the PyeongChang Olympics in men's slopestyle snowboarding.

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the first Games held in South Korea in 30 years, officially opened on Friday with fireworks, song and symbolism featured amid celebrations of light, peace, and harmony.

Canada's Max Parrot, the top qualifier, stomped his tricks in the final run of the contest, but it wasn't enough to unseat Gerard.

And at the end of the night, Team USA's Chris Mazdzer became the first American to ever medal in men's singles luge. He broke his jaw and left arm, suffered a ruptured spleen, rib fractures, a stable pelvic fracture and a collapsed left lung. We will continue to update the official medal count throughout these 2018 Winter Olympics. He thought, briefly, about taking the main jump, but said his spin - a double-cork 1080 - off the main hit would not impress the judges.

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.

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Compatriot Mark McMorris pushed Parrot all the way, qualifying with the second highest score from heat two.

According to The Denver Post, Gerard showed up in South Korea like "an accidental tourist", insisting that "I honestly don't know what the Olympics is".

Slopestyle was one of the events that did not fall victim to high winds yesterday, when the showpiece men's downhill skiing was aborted until Thursday.

Red Gerard, born on June 29, 2000, celebrated a storming win in slopestyle, which also made him the second youngest individual victor in Games history. As soon as the helicopter got there (90 minutes later) I went to sleep. Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ont., was seventh and Sebastien Toutant of L'Assomption, Que., was 11th.

A day of extremes started with a surprise natural disaster alert, after a 4.7-magnitude quake rattled eastern South Korea, with its epicentre about 260 kilometres (160 miles) from the Games. "I don't know, [Parrot] had a pretty good run, I was questioning it", said Gerard, who'll take on Parrot once again at the big air competition on February 20.


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