Slopestyle snowboarding was introduced to the Olympics in 2014, and so far has always been won by Americans.
Red Gerard, gold-medal victor in men's slopestyle final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 11. "When he does good then I want to do good and I am sure it is vice-versa for him", McMorris said after the event. "I was really excited on that I was just hoping to make the podium". "I can't believe everything worked out".
"I'm just really glad to be able to snowboard, and to snowboard at this level", he said after qualifying.
The 17-year-old Gerard, the youngest in the competition, landed a flawless 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.
A day of extremes started with a surprise natural disaster alert, after a 4.7-magnitude quake rattled eastern South Korea, with its epicentre about 260 kilometres (160 miles) from the Games. "I haven't had time for it to sink in yet", Gerard told reporters minutes after the final result.
'I would have to guess that people are pretty surprised.
Russian athletes Andrey Larkov and Denis Spitsov toppled over Krueger and the three ended up at the rear of the field by the time they untangled.
"(Bach) was like, 'What were you thinking during all those spins?'" Gerard said. I wanted him to land a run for himself, for his confidence and well-being, but for all of them too.
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When his family moved from OH to Colorado when he was 7, he was able to spend even more time on the slopes. He was in 11th place heading into his third run, but he executed it perfectly, essentially doubling his score with an 87.16, which was good enough to beat Canadian Mark McMorris, who was leading with 85.20. While another Canadian, Max Parrot, gave Gerard a late scare, it was the OH native who stood atop the podium when the dust had settled.
He had earlier managed just 43.33 points in his first run and 46.40 in his second.
Sebastian Toutant of L'Assomption, Que., was third in the first heat, earning 78.01 points in his first run. He made a brief fist-pump after landing and exchanging high-fives with Gerard in a sport that's built less on competition and more on camaraderie.
Olympic medal favorite Yevegenia Medvedeva notched the highest score ever recorded in the ladies' short program.
Gerard captured America's first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games - first medal of any color, in fact - and will soon go on a victory tour he never saw coming, even if the rowdy, red-white-and-blue mosh pit full of friends and family at the bottom envisioned it all along.
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A pair of Canadians, Max Parrot and Mark McMorris, finished with silver and bronze, respectively.
"Just got the craziest deja vu of all time watching Red stomp that run and take it to the top of the podium!"