Teen Gerard wins slopestyle snowboarding for USA's 1st gold medal

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The first American medal of the 2018 Olympics belongs to 17-year-old Red Gerard, who won gold in the men's snowboard slopestyle on Sunday morning. Gerard drilled his third and final run for a score of 87.16 to become second straight American to win the event, which made its Olympic debut four years ago. A win would make him the youngest American to ever win a medal in snowboarding at the Winter Games.

Canada's Max Parrot, the top qualifier, stomped his tricks in the final run of the contest, but it wasn't enough to unseat Gerard. Red Gerard, competing in the slopestyle snowboarding event, flipped and twirled his way to victory in a dizzying routine that bumped him from last place out of the eleven remaining athletes to first.

"It's my first Olympic medal, so it's a little check next to that", said Parrot. "Just to land a run would have been plenty for me and to get on the podium, but to get first is insane", Gerard said.

Following a snowboarding accident past year, McMorris was fighting for his life after breaking 17 bones and suffering a collapsed lung and ruptured spleen.

Team USA now holds two medals in the 2018 Winter Olympics, trailing Norway (with eight), the Netherlands (holding five), Germany and Canada (with four each).

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"I think I like that better", said Toutant of the extra run in the finals. His first two attempts weren't quite up to standards, and Gerard and the other athletes were plagued by raging winds. "We've been training so hard and to be out on Olympic ice for the first time, we are really happy with it", Maia said. That sucked because it was just from one stupid mistake and I wish I could take that back every day of my life.

Mark McMorris of Canada during his first qualification run in the snowboard men's slopestyle event.

According to The Denver Post, Gerard showed up in South Korea like "an accidental tourist", insisting that "I honestly don't know what the Olympics is". In total, he had 18 people flock to South Korea to watch him shred.

Andrew Musgrave secured the best Winter Olympics result by a British cross-country skier with seventh as Norway claimed a clean sweep of the 30-kilometres skiathlon podium on day two in Pyeongchang.

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

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