Winter Olympics 2018: Red Gerard wins Team USA's first gold medal

PyeongChang general view slopestyle venue

Teenager Wins First US Gold Medal at Pyeongchang Olympics

The qualifying round was scheduled to take place after the conclusion of the men's event, which saw 17-year-old Red Gerard secure gold for the first US medal in PyeongChang. The 17-year-old Gerard, the youngest in the competition, landed a ideal backside triple cork 1440 on his final run and despite Parrot landing the same trick on the final run of the day the judges favoured the American.

Red Gerard won the United States' first gold medal at the PyeongChang Olympics in men's slopestyle snowboarding.

The spectacle of the opening ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Games was bright, shiny and memorable, but those theatrics had nothing on 17-year-old American snowboarder Red Gerard.

Max Parrot was second with 86.00 and fellow Canadian Mark McMorris third with 85.20 in an event which did not feature any Britons in the final after Jamie Nicholls, Billy Morgan and Rowan Coultas failed to advance on Saturday.

Gerard, 17, convinced the jury with his unconventional choice of route in the slopestyle final and got 87.16 points to win America's first gold here, reports Xinhua news agency.

Gerard competes in the men's snowboard slopestyle finals.

"First rider, first run, first rail", Nicholson said in exasperation afterward, pounding his glove in fist all the time.

Following a snowboarding accident previous year, McMorris was fighting for his life after breaking 17 bones and suffering a collapsed lung and ruptured spleen. We will continue to update the official medal count throughout these 2018 Winter Olympics.

"No, honestly. I'm always thinking day-by-day, I've never been the guy that thinks into the future", he said. After his first run Gerard posed with random fans for photos. He said his choice of music for his runs - yes, the competitors can listen to music on earphones while riding - said it all: "My first run was very determined music, and my second run was more like tropical music, just really happy, you know?", he said. Jaelin Kauf, a 21-year-old originally from Alta, Wyo., who grew up skiing at Grand Targhee Resort, advanced to this mornings womens moguls finals (live coverage is at 3:30 a.m.).

McMorris wins his second straight bronze medal in this event. The top five highest-scoring teams from the short programs advanced to the free program round. Then I made the national team and thought 'if I can be the best at my sport, I can get through college, '" said Faye Guilini, three-time Olympian, Grand Prix champion and a junior and accounting major."I started at Westminster and saw that these professors are willing to be there when you're in South America or halfway around the world.

Sebastian Toutant of L'Assomption, Que., was third in the first heat, earning 78.01 points in his first run.

While it can be assumed that most of his family is there with him in South Korea given he's younger than eighteen, it's great to see his friends back home in Colorado cheering for him.

The big air finals are set for February 23-24 at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre.

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