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Photo Credit: CLive Rose- Red holding the American flag moments after winning gold.

Photo Credit: CLive Rose- Red holding the American flag moments after winning gold.

Photo Credit: CLive Rose- Red holding the American flag moments after winning gold.

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Red Gerard was awarded the first olympic medal for the United States in Pyeongchang during the Slopestyle competition on February 10th. Not only was it the first medal for the United States in the 2018 Winter Olympics, but it was the first medal for Gerard.

Gerard is a 17-year-old snowboarder from Silverthorne, Colorado. Gerard started snowboarding at age 2, and by the time he was 11, he had a sponsorship deal with Burton. Red became the youngest snowboarder from the U.S. to win an olympic medal. He also is the youngest snowboarding gold medalist of any nation.

Gerard received gold in the men’s snowboarding Slopestyle event. This event consists of three rail sections followed by three kicker jumps. The athletes are judged on amplitude, difficulty, execution, variety, progression and combination or flow. In the finals, each rider gets three runs to score as high as they can. Each rider is scored based off of their best run. Gerard had miscues in both of his first two runs and was not in position to receive a medal. This all changed after his third run in which he successfully landed a backside triple cork 1440. This led to a score of 87.16 which gave him the lead ahead of the Canadians.

Gerard’s family came to support him, and during his run, he had 17 people at the bottom cheering him on. In an interview, Red stated, “It’s definitely crazy having a group of 17 people at the bottom of the slope run and knowing that they’re there and, like, if you were to fall, on all three of your runs that would be a pretty big bummer.” In almost all of his interviews, he preached his love for snowboarding and how he just does it for fun and that is what he thinks it should all be about.

In Red’s hometown, Silverthorne, people are very excited to have an Olympian representing their town. When entering Silverthorne by car, there is a large sign that says “Welcome to Silverthorne”. The sign has now been changed from Silverthorne to Goldthorne. Fans and supporters are thanking Red for putting Silverthorne on the Olympic map.

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