Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Red Gerard wins slopestyle snowboarding for USA's 1st gold

Red Gerard wins slopestyle snowboarding for USA's 1st gold

Max Parrot of Canada celebrates his silver medal in the men's snowboard slopestyle final at the Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018.

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

Despite inconsistent winds that plagued riders throughout the contest, Gerard stomped his final trick, a backside triple cork 1440, and he was awarded the highest score of the day, an 87.16.

Red Gerard wins slopestyle snowboarding for USA's 1st gold
Red Gerard wins slopestyle snowboarding for USA's 1st gold

The run earned him a score of 86.17, and after his remaining competitors couldn't equal his effort on their final runs, Gerard had won the gold. "And [the Olympics] are just far ahead, so whatever".

Gerard was off the pace after the first and second runs, scoring 43.33 and 46.40, before somehow summoning up an enormous last effort. First, Red told NBC after his win that he was "super groggy" when he woke up and "didn't want to get out of bed"-what 17-year-old hasn't been there?"

Gerard won gold in slopestyle, a challenging event based on the creative spins and moves of X Games athletes along with the athleticism required in any Olympic sport. "Like I said, I need to pinch myself". I just got here a little late.

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

However, it was Canada's Parrot who secured the highest scoring run of the second heat.

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