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Teenage snowboarder wins America's first gold medal at Pyeongchang 2018

Teenage snowboarder wins America's first gold medal at Pyeongchang 2018 Teenage snowboarder wins America's first gold medal at Pyeongchang 2018
Cassandra Gardner | 12 February, 2018, 01:00

The qualifying round was scheduled to take place after the conclusion of the men's event, which saw 17-year-old Red Gerard secure gold for the first US medal in PyeongChang.

Gerard stumbled his way through his opening two runs at tricky, windy and sun-splashed Phoenix Snow Park.

"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.

Parrot fell in his first two runs but nailed his third to bump McMorris out of the silver medal position with a score of 86.00.

McMorris had been sitting atop the standings after his second-run score of 85.20 before Gerard surpassed him with 87.16 points in his final attempt.

It's the second straight Olympics that an American has won the slopestyle event-Sage Kostenberg won in 2014 in Sochi, when the event made its Olympic debut.

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'It's insane. Sometimes it can be too much, but it's really fun having your own family here.

Gerard was off the pace after the first and second runs, scoring 43.33 and 46.40, before somehow summoning up an enormous last effort.

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the first Games held in South Korea in 30 years, officially opened on Friday with fireworks, song and symbolism featured amid celebrations of light, peace, and harmony.

The US has not had to wait until the second day of an Olympic Games - Summer or Winter - to win its first gold medal since 1998.

"It's frustrating, it's disappointing and I can't really explain the Dutch sweep again", Blondin said. "I was just so happy to land the run and to make it to the podium". "I can not believe what has just happened it is insane". "That is what I will take away from today, but of course I would have preferred a better result". So he never really watched the Olympics.

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. He said, oh, whatever, X Games is a bigger deal to me. "And if you were to fall on all three of your runs, that'd be a pretty big bummer, but I kind of know they're always going to be there for me". The top five highest-scoring teams from the short programs advanced to the free program round.

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