American Gerard wins men's snowboard slopestyle at PyeongChang Olympics

American Gerard wins men's snowboard slopestyle at PyeongChang Olympics

After nailing his third and final slopestyle run to launch himself from eighth place to first, Red Gerard found himself surrounded by cheering teammates, coaches and perhaps loudest of all - his family. He honestly didn't understand what all the fuss was about.

"I honestly can not tell you", Gerard said. I'm just so happy I got to land a run and just to end up on the podium is awesome.

After a few words of encouragement from his Burton team manager, Frankie Chapin, Gerard dropped into a course that might as well have been built for him.

Early a year ago Hedberg broke his neck before having surgery but it could not be determined at that stage if it was a recurrence of that injury.

Gerard, at 17 the youngest in the men's competition, landed a ideal backside triple cork 1440 on his final run.

"Oh. My. God." Gerard mouthed when he saw his score. Gerard will ride in the finals on Sunday. Winning the Olympics wasn't his dream, until it was. "When he does good then I want to do good and I am sure it is vice-versa for him", McMorris said after the event. He grew up watching the Dew Tour and X Games, the biggest event in snowboarding. "That's very beneficial. I have a 3.9 GPA, something I never thought I would have".

The finish was more disappointing for four-time Olympic medallist Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., who was disqualified in the final for impeding another skater. Kleveland will start in 11th, between Parrot and McMorris.

Less than a year after a fall that almost claimed his life, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris was back on the medal podium on Saturday.

According to The Denver Post, Gerard showed up in South Korea like "an accidental tourist", insisting that "I honestly don't know what the Olympics is". "It's really unique to me and not many can people do it, so just adding that kind of style and technicality to my run is something I like to do and it makes me stand out". "I kept telling him, 'Don't think about it. I'm still having a really hard time believing it", he noted.

"We're Clevelanders. This is surreal".

The 17-year-old from Silverthorne, Colorado defeated Canadians Max Parrot and Mark McMorris after putting up a score of 87.16 in his third run.

"I'm sure it's a ton", he said.

The grand plan when Red Gerard and his brothers set down rails and attached a tow rope to a dirt bike to fashion a snowboard park in their backyard wasn't all that grand.

Lara Stalder #7 of Switzerland scores a goal against So Jung Shin #31 of Korea on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 10, 2018. "Red-mond! U-S-A!"

Lim Hyo-jun won South Korea's first gold medal in race, setting off a huge roar from the crowd at Gangneung Ice Arena. The men's super-G and other speed racing events will be moved back a day, to Friday, the International Ski Federation (FIS) said.

"Sixteen-and-0 proud", Conrad Gerard said, pointing to his cap in reference to the Browns' 0-16 record last season.

"Red didn't get to experience as much of Cleveland as my older kids, but that's who we are".

Gerard is the second youngest of his family's seven children.

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