Crimson Gerard Wins First US Medal At Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

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Teenager Redmond Gerard claimed the United States' first Olympic gold medal of Pyeongchang 2018 with victory in the men's slopestyle snowboarding event at Phoenix Park today.

"You know, just landing a run in general and then being lucky enough to get on the podium and then to win is insane", Gerard explained. Gerard entered his third and final run in 11th place before pulling off the run of his young life, which included nailing a backside triple cork 1440.

"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.

Red Gerard was the only American snowboarder to advance to the slopestyle finals at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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

Gerard took first place in the men's slopestyle snowboarding event.

Despite his rough start in the final, Gerard paused to pose for photos with fans after his first run, a sign that he was following the advice of his mother, Jen.

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"I won the Olympics", he said. "It's really unique to me and not many can people do it, so just adding that kind of style and technicality to my run is something I like to do and it makes me stand out". "I'm happy I was able to do that and happy they got to join me on this experience".

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. McMorris couldn't better this second-run score of 85.20 after not playing it safe on his final run by trying to stick a 1620 off the final jump.

"I don't understand all the tricks he does", Conrad Gerard said.

Canada's Parrot, who won the X-Games Big Air this year in Aspen, Colorado, also had a disappointing first two runs but hoisted himself into silver medal position on the last attempt.

Speaking to reporters straight after his second run, Corning said he believes his run matched those of his competitors who did qualify.

When Parrot's score of 86 flashed on the video screen at the bottom of the course, the Gerard family cheering section, which included his parents, six siblings and a smattering of significant others and cousins, erupted in a chorus of "Red-mond!"

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