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

Red Gerard won gold in the snowboarding slopestyle event to give the Americans their first medal at the 2018 Winter Games.

Gerard stumbled his way through his opening two runs at tricky, windy and sun-splashed Phoenix Snow Park.

Parrot's score of 87.36 topped all competitors, followed closely by McMorris in second place with 86.83.

Sunday, he'll attempt to do something none of his teammates were able to do - become the second American rider to medal in slopestyle at the Olympics. Both Gerard and Mack agreed he deserved at least a few more points.

He won USA's first medal of the 2018 Olympics despite starting in last place. "I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow", Gerard said.

After botching the first run, Gerard wiped out in his second run and seemed to tweak his back, causing the commentators to wonder if he'd be 100 percent for his third and final run. 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?"

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Red Gerard won the first gold medal - and first medal overall - for Team USA on Sunday in Pyeongchang, South 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". "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". Gerard went into first by 1.96 points over Canadian Mark McMorris. So he never really watched the Olympics.

"It's a duel that motivates me", said Fourcade, the 29-year-old French army officer.

McMorris' second bronze medal came less than 12 months removed from a harrowing free-riding accident that left him with a litany of injuries and threatened to put his career at risk. "I grew up watching the X Games and Dew Tour".

"It was awesome", he said of his winning run.

The event started nearly 40 minutes late due to a "technical maintenance" issue, however, the competitors did not seem concerned by the delay or the foggy conditions as they produced some stunning runs across the slope, featuring three rails at the start before three jumps. He chose off-path features on the rail and jump sections that others ignored.

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