Let’s meet Red Gerard. He is 17. He won the first US gold medal at the 2018 Olympics.

Red Gerard is turning the 2018 Winter Olympics into his backyard.

The 17-year-old snowboarder from Colorado won the first gold medal for the U.S. in Pyeongchang by taking the top podium spot in the men’s slopestyle final on Saturday. The teenager also became the youngest U.S. snowboarder ever to win an Olympic medal, and the youngest snowboarding gold medalist of any nation.

How did that feel?

After miscues in his first two runs in the final, Gerard made his gold-medal case on his final ride by landing a backside triple cork 1440. The judges rewarded him with an 87.16 score that vaulted him into first place ahead of Canada’s Max Parrot and Mark McMorris.

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Redmond Gerard wins the gold medal during the Snowboarding Men’s Slopestyle Finals at Pheonix Snow Park in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Photo by Laurent Salino/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

“When that score came up my jaw dropped,” Gerard

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/2/11/17000654/red-gerard-usa-gold-medal-2018-olympics-snowboarding-slopestyle

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