Teen snowboarder Gerard takes first US Olympic gold

Teen snowboarder Gerard takes first US Olympic gold

"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, 17, also became the youngest United States men's Olympic champion since 1928 and the second-youngest individual victor in Games history with his victory in slopestyle, with Canada's Max Parrot taking silver.

The spectacle of the opening ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Games was bright, shiny and memorable, but those theatrics had nothing on 17-year-old American snowboarder Red Gerard. Max Parrot and Mark McMorris took silver and bronze, respectively.

Where competitors were scheduled to take three runs each in the final round with only their best score counting in the standings, now snowboarders will only have two runs each.

The US has now won gold in men's slopestyle snowboarding at both of its Olympic appearances.

With youth on his side and in 11th place out of 11 athletes left vying for the medals, the teenager could easily have been dismissed as having arrived at the Olympics a few years too early.

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Dutchman Sven Kramer roared to a third straight Olympic title in the men's 5,000m speed skating, while Germany's Arnd Peiffer upstaged Martin Fourcade, France's most decorated winter Olympian with four medals, to grab a surprise win in the men's 10km sprint biathlon.

"I didn't have a flat race and wanted to have a flat race and didn't happen".

The actual country was banned from participating from this year's games. "We are all friends out there so, yeah, they were just really happy that we all landed runs".

Olympic medal favorite Yevegenia Medvedeva notched the highest score ever recorded in the ladies' short program. He took gold despite falling on his first two runs, posting scores under 50 points.

"I did expect it to hold a little longer than it did because that run had all the biggest tricks that all the other guys did". "I got a break in the wind and somehow made it through". McMorris previously also won bronze in Sochi, also in slopestyle, while competing with a broken rib. Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ont., was seventh and Sebastien Toutant of L'Assomption, Que., was 11th. "So what if I missed the first run, which I did". He has a chance at a second medal when he competes in big air on February 21.

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