Febrero 24, 2018

'Psyched' teen snowboarder Gerard takes first USA Olympic gold

11 Febrero 2018, 05:16 | Crisanna Felipe

Max Parrot of Canada during his first qualification run in the snowboard men’s slopestyle event. Jean Levac Postmedia

Max Parrot of Canada during his first qualification run in the snowboard men’s slopestyle event.
Jean Levac  

PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of - Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot used some thumping hip hop on his headphones for his first slopestyle qualifying run at the Winter Games on Saturday.

Silverthorne board-riding phenom Red Gerard stepped up in the highest pressure contest of his life and earned the USA its first gold of the PyeongChang Olympics on Saturday.

Red Gerard takes the gold medal in men's snowboard slopestyle.

"I'm super-psyched!" said Gerard, adding: "I can not believe it". I don't like feeling sad.

"I think we have some really strong performances to come, " said Rippon, who replaced two-time USA champion Nathan Chen in the free skate.

"I just didn't think I knew what the Olympics is (as a kid)", Gerard said.

Perrine Laffont claimed France's first gold medal when she beat defending champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe to win freestyle's women's moguls.

McMorris' second bronze medal came less than 12 months removed from a harrowing free-riding accident that left him with a litany of injuries and threatened to put his career at risk.

Each athlete has two attempts to score the highest score possible, with each competitor's best run counting as their qualification run.

According to the Olympics website, each medalist will also be getting a wooden gift that shows "mountain scenes of PyeongChang and characters from the Korean Hangul alphabet spelling out "PyeongChang 2018" in the official Games motif".

The U.S. has now won gold in men's slopestyle snowboarding at each of its Olympic appearances.

Parrot landed the same trick on his third run but could only score 86.00 to finish second.

On his final of three runs, the easy-going 17-year-old spun a technical, creative run through the course's byzantine rails - which he called a jungle - and then stomped huge airs, culminating with flawless triple-cork 1440.

"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.

"I went first and that never helps". While another Canadian, Max Parrot, gave Gerard a late scare, it was the OH native who stood atop the podium when the dust had settled. "I probably shouldn't even be here", said McMorris.

Toni Nieminen of Finland is the youngest men's gold medalist, who won the individual large hill event in ski jumping in 1992 at the age of 16.

"It's a duel that motivates me", said Fourcade, the 29-year-old French army officer.

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