Gerard wins first gold for US

Doug Mendoza
February 12, 2018

Redmond Gerard won the United States' first gold medal at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games by taking victory in the men's snowboarding slopestyle final.

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

The 17-year-older from OH won the gold medal in slopestyle snowboarding.

PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of - Considering Mark McMorris was on what he called his "death bed" less than a year ago, a bronze medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was as good as gold. Canada's Max Parrot and Mark McMorris won silver and bronze with runs of 86.00 and 85.20, respectively.

Gerard competes in the men's snowboard slopestyle finals.

The team event wraps up Sunday night, followed by the first medal ceremony of the 2018 Olympic figure skating competition.

His father, Conrad Gerard, misplaced a ticket to his son's final run but managed to talk his way into the grandstands.

McMorris broke his jaw and left arm, ruptured his spleen, suffered a pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed lung as a result of the crash. We will continue to update the official medal count throughout these 2018 Winter Olympics.

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"I think my secret is that I'm really enjoying the sport and I really love what I'm doing".

Standing in his way is Norway's Johannes Thingnes Bo, the 26-year-old who has been battling him for honours from the start of the season, with the Frenchman gaining an edge heading into the Games.

"I'm happy we had three days of practice because this course is insane", Gerard said.

Gerard, renowned for his prowess on rails - thanks in partly to the terrain park in the backyard of his family's Silverthorne home - wove a creative line through the course's byzantine rail section, which offered myriad opportunities for riders. I'm shaking right now, maybe from the cold or the excitement, I don't know. He took gold despite falling on his first two runs, posting scores under 50 points.

Sebastian Toutant of L'Assomption, Que., was third in the first heat, earning 78.01 points in his first run.

In his first qualifying run at the men's slopestyle event, Mark McMorris rode cleanly and scored 83.70, which booked him nearly certain passage to Sunday's final.

Earlier Sunday, strong winds forced the postponement of the showpiece men's downhill alpine skiing race, and a shallow 4.6 magnitude natural disaster jolted parts of eastern South Korea. As my Pyeongchang 2018 daily columns begin, youll notice a few tweaks from my columns during previous Olympic Games. He has a chance at a second medal when he competes in big air on February 21.

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