Red Gerard Wins First US Medal At Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Hope Soto
February 12, 2018

Sebastien Toutant of Canada during his first qualification run. "So what if I missed the first run, which I did".

Regina's Mark McMorris held first place until Parrot surpassed him. Canada's Max Parrot and Mark McMorris won silver and bronze with runs of 86.00 and 85.20, respectively. He got off to a poor start as he botched his first run, finishing with a score of 43.33.

"It does feel a little bit like a win", he said with a smile.

"But you know, judges have their own minds and I'm super-psyched!" This makes the youngest American to medal in a snowboarding event, as well as the second American to win the slopestyle after it made its debut in Sochi.

From there, McMorris earned his spot on the Canadian Olympic team.

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. "And I said I just wanted to land a run and that was about it". "I would just be so embarrassed".

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"I've never really found myself thinking about [the Olympics]", Gerard said past year, according to NBC. He also managed to edge Parrot, who turned in his best score of the day on his third and final run.

That tweet, as well as other social media posts, came about 15 minutes before NBC aired Gerard's final run and about 30 minutes before NBC showed the end of the event and Gerard finding out he had won. "It's definitely emotional to be here, and I'm just happy to be through to the finals", he said. Unfortunately, he followed that with a 69.86, barely missing on his final jump of the day, and did not build on his first solid run. "I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow", Gerard said. The final rounds will go Tuesday morning. I had a lot of fun and all I really want to do is just land runs'.

And now, we've seen our first cancellation, with high winds forcing officials to skip the qualifying round for the women's slopestyle snowboarding competition. All that, and more of what you may have missed from Day 2 in Korea.

"They really kind of killed it on this course I would have thought the Olympics, FIS, it would have been standard rails and standard hits".

She was clean in all of her jumps and landings, and scored a 68.94 in her opening performance, which was good for fifth.

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