Gerard wins gold in men's slopestyle, giving US first medal

Gerard wins gold in men's slopestyle, giving US first medal

Gerard wins gold in men's slopestyle, giving US first medal

The qualifying round was scheduled to take place after the conclusion of the men's event, which saw 17-year-old Red Gerard secure gold for the first usa medal in PyeongChang.

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. At just 17 years old, Gerard becomes the youngest US snowboarder ever to win an Olympic medal, and the youngest snowboarding gold medalist of any nation since the sport was adding to the Olympic program 20 years ago. It was the United States' first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Parrot captured silver in men's slopestyle while McMorris took bronze.

Canadian athletes came close, but failed to reach the podium on the first day medals were handed out in South Korea.

"Just to land a run would have been amusing to me and to get on the podium, but to get first is insane", Gerard said.

Following a snowboarding accident a year ago, McMorris was fighting for his life after breaking 17 bones and suffering a collapsed lung and ruptured spleen.

The Olympic cauldron was lit, the man from Tonga made his triumphant return and the 2018 Winter Games have officially begun.

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Norway and Canada are considered the "superpowers" of the men's slopestyle, but Gerard shocked everyone with, first, an incredible qualifying run that included him going for the pipe that most avoid for a safer run.

He was a child prodigy, who could walk at nine months, started snowboarding at the age of two and managed to do a standing backflip by the time he was six years old, according to the Washington Post.

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. He took gold despite falling on his first two runs, posting scores under 50 points.

McMorris wins his second straight bronze medal in this event. "I see it as an obligation to perform better because I know that I need to do my best in order to beat him". "There are a lot of creative lines up there", said Gerard, who boasts a finish corral cheering section of 14-plus boisterous friends and family in South Korea, waving giant pictures of his face alongside American flags.

Most slopestyle competitors will also compete in the big air event in Pyeongchang, a new addition to the Olympic program for 2018. Gerard also will compete in the Big Air contest, which will be held February 24, the day before the Closing Ceremony.

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