How Red Gerard's Family Helped Him To Win Olympic Gold

Sheri Evans
February 12, 2018

Gerard stumbled his way through his opening two runs at tricky, windy and sun-splashed Phoenix Snow Park.

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

That's what he told fellow rider Stale Sandbech of Norway after putting down his gold-medal run in the second-ever Olympic men's snowboard slopestyle competition in PyeongChang.

"Red doesn't know the size of the Olympics", Gerard's dad, part of a family and friends crew of 18, said in the first row of standing spectators.

Snowboarder Gerard, 17, who hopes to one day become a firefighter, turned the heat up on the freezing slopes to seal a late bid for Olympic glory.

After botching the first run, Gerard wiped out in his second run and seemed to tweak his back, causing the commentators to wonder if he'd be 100 percent for his third and final run. Kyle Mack, another USA rider, was putting together a great run when he crashed on the final jump.

Red Gerard seemed to be an afterthought heading into Sunday's final run of men's slopestyle at the 2018 Winter Olympics, ranked 11th out of the 12 finalists. "I never thought I'd end up learning tricks in the backyard".

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'I'm just so happy that it all worked out.

Federal Way speed skaters J.R. Celski and Aaron Tran fell short of competing for a medal in their first competition of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Canada's first medal in Pyeongchang could come courtesy of its high-flying men's snowboard crew, as all four qualified for tonight's slopestyle final, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Gerard, Parrot and McMorris stood near one another waiting for Parrot's score to post. I had a lot of fun and all I really want to do is just land runs'. He said, oh, whatever, X Games is a bigger deal to me. I wanted him to land a run for himself, for his confidence and well-being, but for all of them too.

Viewers could clearly hear the shocked teen say 'Holy s***' on tv as he finished his final run.

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.

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