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Winter Olympics: Red Gerard, 17, wins shock slopestyle gold

Winter Olympics: Red Gerard, 17, wins shock slopestyle gold

Mark McMorris, of Canada, jumps during the men's slopestyle final at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. After a few tense moments, a score of 86.00 gave Parrot the silver - and gave the United States its first gold, and first medal overall, of the Games.

Canadian Maxence Parrot took silver with his final run, tipping compatriot Mark McMorris - the leader after two completed rounds - into the bronze medal position. Here is the full medal count, via the Olympics. Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que., finished fourth in the men's 1,500-metre short-track speedskating event, a solid result for the Olympic rookie. Six gold medals in total are up for grabs Sunday including speed skating, luge and freestyle skiing, as well as the biathlon.

The 17-year-old snowboarder from just outside of Breckenridge, Colorado, won the Olympic gold medal in slopestyle Sunday, courtesy of a nimble, creative ride through a wind-swept course that left nearly everyone else scrambling to keep their footing. That sucked because it was just from one stupid mistake and I wish I could take that back every day of my life. 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 19-year-old beat defending champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada, with Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan in third.

Gerard will have another chance to add to the fun on February 24, when he will compete again in Big Air.




After two runs, it wasn't looking too good. "I guess it's always been my thing".

"Once I found out that I at least got third, I mean - that's next level. It's not a fun feeling". Instead, the USA lost 7-5, and the siblings finished round-robin play with only two wins. The average GPA of U.S Ski & Snowboard athletes is 3.6, and they have Monday-Thursday class schedules that leave three days to spend practicing at any of the 10 ski resorts that are less than an hour away from campus. With the time change, the competition aired Saturday night on NBC. "Like I said, I need to pinch myself".

He didn't just land it, he stomped it, finishing with a backside triple cork - three twists and a flip - to the delight of his father, Conrad, and the other 17 family members and friends who followed him to South Korea.

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.

Gerard's ability to cope with Olympic pressure could be due to his lack of obsession with winning at the Games.


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