Year-old Redmond Gerard grabs first gold for United States of America in slopestyle final

Lynette Rowe
February 12, 2018

Gerard, 17, also became the youngest usa men's Olympic champion since 1928 with his victory in slopestyle, with Canada's Max Parrot taking the silver.

Canada's Parrot, who won the X-Games Big Air this year in Aspen, Colorado, also had a disappointing first two runs but hoisted himself into silver medal position on the last attempt.

Snowboarder Red Gerard became the first American gold medal victor at the 2018 Winter Olympic on Saturday in PyeongChang, South Korea.

- Perrine Laffont put France in the medals column at the Winter Olympics, skiing through the bumps and snow to take the women's moguls title. Americans Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim finished fourth in the free skate earning seven points. The typically relaxed athlete smiled and chuckled when he realized he was assured of a podium spot, and eventually a gold medal.

Two-time U.S. Olympic snowboarder and Rigby native Jessika Jenson did not get to compete in womens slopestyle qualifiers on time as weather delayed the competition at the Post Registers Saturday deadline, but her teammate Red Gerard had quite a day.

The highest finish by an American in the event belonged to Scott Patterson.

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The OAR team was put together after a doping scandal cast doubts on whether Russian Federation would be allowed to compete at the Pyeongchang Games, with Medvedeva one of high-profile members of the party. USA siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani were in second place in the pairs dancing of the competition. The siblings danced to a medley of Perez Prado songs. The first two runs were a little weird.

American teenager Maame Biney advanced safely through to the quarterfinals of the short track 500 meters, and she lit up when talking about her first Olympic experience. I just told myself that I want to land a run... "I guess it's always been my thing". As soon as the helicopter got there (90 minutes later) I went to sleep. "It's not a fun feeling".

"I'm really hoping to pull that trick out with a bigger spin", said the ever-smiling 20-year-old. Curling, luge, speed skating, and biathlon are among the events on tomorrow. But the moment was too important to be overshadowed by a loss.

"I didn't have a flat race and wanted to have a flat race and didn't happen".

A day of extremes started with a surprise natural disaster alert, after a magnitude 4.7 quake rattled eastern South Korea, with its epicenter about 260km from the Games.

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