Red Gerard on winning gold medal: 'I'm feeling absolutely insane right now'

PyeongChang general view slopestyle venue

Redmond Gerard won the United States' first gold medal at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games by taking victory in the men's snowboarding slopestyle final.

Gerard, a 17-year-old from Silverthorne, Colorado, drilled his third and final run on the chilly but sun-splashed course at Phoenix Snow Park. Canadian Max Parrot, who had fallen on each of his first two runs, then nailed his final run for the silver medal. The pair finished behind Redmond Gerard of the US who won gold with his best score of 87.16. Not only did Gerard win Team USA's first medal of the Olympics, he also made history by becoming the first athlete born in the 2000s to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.

NBC was showing Gerard's second of three runs when the US Olympic Committee congratulated him for winning the first gold of the Olympics for the US. (I don't know what beer cans look like in Korea!) But now I'm glad that Red Gerard's very chill family was planning on having a very good time-win or lose.

The 18-year-old, who was the first snowboarder to take to the slope, scored 70.85 on his first run but it was only enough to finish ninth and miss out on qualification.

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Gerard won gold in slopestyle, a challenging event based on the creative spins and moves of X Games athletes along with the athleticism required in any Olympic sport.

"I think a unified one is stronger than two divided ones". "I was just so happy to land the run and to make it to the podium". I just got here a little late. Toutant was third in Heat 1 (ninth overall) with a score of 78.01, while North Bay, Ont., native Richardson claimed fifth place in Heat 2 (seventh overall) with 79.21 points. "I can't believe it", Gerard told USA Today. So he never really watched the Olympics.

Parrot, 23, captured silver with his best score of 86.00 while McMorris, 24, captured bronze with his best score of 85.20. Known for his innovative rail tricks, his line was one of the most imaginative of the day. Here is the full medal count, via the Olympics.

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.

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