Red Gerard, sole American snowboarder to advance to finals among slopestyle superpowers

Arnold Nichols
February 12, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Red Gerard, from Silverthorne, Colorado, in his debut Olympics, won the men's slopestyle snowboarding competition.

Gerard said nothing as he waited for Parrot's score.

Corning, who came into the competition as a favorite and was expected to at least make the final, failed to finish in the top six riders from heat one, which would have put him through to Sunday's final.

His family built a snowboard park in his backyard, but it was Sage Kotsenburg's gold-medal winning effort in the men's snowboard slopestyle final at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games that proved to be Gerard's biggest inspiration.

Gerard exulted in the moment as he took a few minutes to chat with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. With another trip to the awards podium, he would become the first snowboarder to win two medals at a single Olympics.

"I said to myself, 'Listen Max, you fell two straight times".

He had earlier managed just 43.33 points in his first run and 46.40 in his second.

South Korea's Lim Hyojun (L), Netherlands' Sjinkie Knegt (C) and Russia's Semen Elistratov take part in the men's 1,500m short track speed skating A final event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 10, 2018.

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.

"It's frustrating, it's disappointing and I can't really explain the Dutch sweep again", Blondin said. I'm just really happy that I got to land a run and I'm just really excited right now'. "I had a lot of pressure and my heart was beating really fast before starting on the course".

Compatriot Mark McMorris pushed Parrot all the way, qualifying with the second highest score from heat two.

While talking to The Player's Tribune, Gerard told us what we already knew about snowboarding.

Canada is on the board when it comes to medals at the Pyongchang Olympics.

Parrot wound up taking silver in the vent, while Mark McMorris, another Canadian, took bronze, Canada's first two medals of the event.

"My emotions are insane", he said after his win. "I landed them pretty well and my rail section is more technical than some of the people sitting in the top positions".

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