Red Gerard's hometown Rocky River celebrates gold medal win
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 12, 2018,
Feb 12, 2018, 0:40
'It's insane. Sometimes it can be too much, but it's really fun having your own family here.
The 17-year-older from OH won the gold medal in slopestyle snowboarding.
Only, Gerard didn't know at the time that he was going to become the youngest Olympic snowboarding champion of all time and the first USA medalist at these Games. "I'm here to fight for a win", Musgrave said.
"It's a duel that motivates me", said Fourcade, the 29-year-old French army officer. "Give him two weeks and he started moving faster. By 6, it was inevitable he was going to be something huge".
Lara Stalder #7 of Switzerland scores a goal against So Jung Shin #31 of Korea on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 10, 2018.
Max Parrot was second with 86.00 and fellow Canadian Mark McMorris third with 85.20 in an event which did not feature any Britons in the final after Jamie Nicholls, Billy Morgan and Rowan Coultas failed to advance on Saturday. But he fell on his last trick and was surpassed by American Red Gerard for the gold.
The top of the Olympic course is also tight. "If you look around, it's like a jungle there are so many rails". Instead, he mixed and matched with a variety of lobs and turns over rails and jibs with some cool grabs to match.
His roommate, fellow Olympian snowboarder Kyle Mack, woke him up at 6:20am, at which point Gerard grabbed breakfast and then had to borrow his Mack's jacket because he couldn't find his own.
"I don't want to think too much about the past today, but I appreciate the fact I'm here on my snowboard", he smiled.
McMorris, who could have another chapter in his story when he goes in the big air competition in Pyeongchang, added: "I've been really stuck in the contest scene for a while, or on a death bed, so I'm pretty stoked". Gerard's best X Games finish was fourth. But Gerard's final run, capped by a triple cork 1440, moved him off the top of the podium. So he never really watched the Olympics.
"I was just psyched to land a run", said Gerard, who finished third in the second heat of 18 riders, good enough for one of 12 spots in the final.
Gerard later passed McMorris with 87.16 points in his final attempt.
And he now can do what no other snowboarder has done since the discipline entered the Olympics: win two medals.
From here, he will travel back to the West Coast for the post-victory TV appearances and sponsor shoots.
Not a bad prospect for a guy who first stepped into a snowboard for fun, not glory.