Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Year-old Redmond Gerard grabs first gold for U.S. in slopestyle final

Year-old Redmond Gerard grabs first gold for U.S. in slopestyle final

The US has not had to wait until the second day of an Olympic Games - Summer or Winter - to win its first gold medal since 1998. He needed a phenomenal final run to reach the podium - and the Colorado native delivered, posting a best score of 87.16 to rewrite the leader board and vault past Canadians Max Parrot (86.00) and Mark McMorris (85.20), who won silver and bronze.

Gerard wasn't even born when snowboarding made its Olympic debut 20 years ago, and he now ranks as the sport's youngest USA medalist.

Gerard competes in the men's snowboard slopestyle finals.

A simple enough plan, and one very fitting for a kid who came to his first Olympics wide-eyed and unaware of the way it could change his life.

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"I didn't expect this, but it's unbelievable", said Redmond Gerard's father, Conrad, who was cheering on his son while wearing a Cleveland Browns beanie.

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"Everyone in the contest was anxious about the wind and stuff", said Kyle Mack, Gerard's friend and Olympic roommate. The siblings danced to a medley of Perez Prado songs.

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American teenager Maame Biney advanced safely through to the quarterfinals of the short track 500 meters, and she lit up when talking about her first Olympic experience. "I wanted to do things no one was doing". "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". I don't like feeling sad.

"It's a duel that motivates me", said Fourcade, the 29-year-old French army officer. "But that's where I told myself that I've been snowboarding since I was nine years old and that it was already a victory that I was here at the Olympic Games".

Norway owns more Winter Olympic medals than any other nation. But the moment was too important to be overshadowed by a loss.

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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.

Gerard and Kotsenburg spoke at X Games two weeks ago, but not really about the Olympics, and have been texting this past week.

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