Published On: Sat, Feb 10th, 2018

Red Gerard Wins First U.S. Medal At Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Snowboarder Redmond Gerard – more commonly known as simply “Red” – has won the first U.S. medal in Pyeongchang, taking a gold medal at the Winter Olympics with a stunning comeback win in the men’s slopestyle final.

Gerard, who at 17 was the youngest competitor in the field, had been sitting in last place after his first two runs. He need at 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, respectively.

The win preserves the U.S. streak of winning gold in slopestyle, which was added to the Olympics schedule in 2014.

After a qualifying round that was dominated by McMorris and Parrot, along with X Games champion Marcus Kleveland of Norway, Gerard faced an imposing task to win a medal. He sealed the victory despite falling on his first two runs and managed to edge Parrot, who also turned in his best score of the day on his third and final run.

News : NPR