Red Gerard reaches snowboard slopestyle final, Chris Corning just misses
- Author: Regina Holmes Feb 12, 2018,
Feb 12, 2018, 1:02
Snowboarder Red Gerard became the first American gold medal victor at the 2018 Winter Olympic on Saturday in PyeongChang, South Korea. His score of 87.16 was just enough to slip by Parrot. And after a qualifying run that yielded this hilarious CBC commentary, McMorris reached the podium Sunday alongside countryman Max Parrot, who captured silver to give Canada its first two medals of the PyeongChang games.
After a decent opener in the three-run final, McMorris nailed a backside triple 1620 on the last jump of his second run.
The diminutive Gerard, the second-youngest of seven siblings who grew up in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to Colorado, seemed stunned as he became the youngest Olympic snowboarding champion ever.
Team USA has earned its first medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics, thanks to teen snowboarder Red Gerard.
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".
"With Corning dropping first, that's most the time what the judge's set the score off of and he definitely got a little underscored, personally I think, which is quite a bummer", said Mack, who lives a few doors down from Corning in Silverthorne.
US Curling Team Beats Russian Athletes To Kick Off Pyeongchang Olympics
With two rocks on the red zone of the target to start the ninth end , Finland was in prime position to get a much-needed win. With all teams having one match remaining in the round robin, Canada has booked its spot in the semifinals.
Parrot topped qualifying on Saturday, just as he did in Sochi as a 19-year-old before sliding to fifth in the finals.
A teenager has won the first US medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics, and it's gold. "I never thought I'd end up learning tricks in the backyard".
"I'm just really glad to be able to snowboard, and to snowboard at this level", he said after qualifying. "I'm just absolutely just mind-blown". Gerard went into first by 1.96 points over Canadian Mark McMorris. "I feel awesome and so stoked about today", he told the media. He said, oh, whatever, X Games is a bigger deal to me.
Viewers could clearly hear the shocked teen say 'Holy s***' on tv as he finished his final run. The top five highest-scoring teams from the short programs advanced to the free program round.
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.