Redmond Gerard Snowboarding Through PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games
Redmond Gerard is the first gold medalist of the United States' to achieve a victory in the men's snowboarding slopestyle competition final in Winter Olympics Games held at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
The 17-year old is the youngest in the men's competition, who landed a perfect backside triple cork 1440 with the score 87.16 on his final run, surpassing the Canadian pair Max Parrot and Mark McMorris.
Redmond Gerard lands a perfect backside triple cork (Photo: Olympic)
The young sports sensation, Gerard expressed his happiness with the Olympics' news service as,
"It was awesome. I just told myself that I want to land a run and I was a little bummed on my first two runs because I fell a couple of times."
Gerard, who is the youngest American male athlete to win a shining gold medal at the Winter Olympics since 1928, added,
"It feels incredible. I'm just really happy that I got to land a run and I'm just really excited right now."
Well, Gerard lagged behind in the first two runs; thus, all he needed was a phenomenal final run to lead the game. So, the Colorado native gave his best and surpassed Canadians Max Parrot (86.00) and Mark McMorris (85.20), who won silver and bronze respectively.
Gold medalist Redmond Gerard at Winter Olympics 2018 (Photo: Olympic)
Well, the former gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg of 2014- who retired at 24 to focus on backcountry snowboarding, could not keep the excitement to himself and thus tweeted,
The ESPN Stats & Info's Paul Carr tweeted Red Gerardis was the youngest American gold medalist in an Olympic Snowboarding and the second-youngest from any country.
17-year-old Red Gerard wins slopestyle gold! ??
He’s the youngest American to win an Olympic snowboarding medal, and the second-youngest from any country. — Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) February 11, 2018
The athlete, Gerard believed taking a risk in the final run made the difference and put him in the first place.
Redmond Gerard's Short Bio
The young American Snowboarder was born on 29 June 2000 in Westlake, Ohio to his parents Conrad and Jen Gerard.
Gerard is the sixth child out of the seven siblings in the family of nine; four brothers Brendan, Creighton, Malachi, and Trevor and two sisters named Tieghan and Asher.
Redmond Gerard with his wife and daughter (Photo: Redmond's Instagram)
He started snowboarding at the tender age of two, among different activities like dirtbikes, bicycles, and snowboards to get the attention of his mother. But living in Cleveland didn't allow him to snowboard, and he used to compensate it with the rides on the living room stairs.
Finally, his mother's love for mountain led the family to the Breckenridge where the seven-year-old Redmond honed his snowboarding skill. Gerard's brothers noticed that he was decent enough and suggested him to try in a USASA comp, which led to him to the Nationals.
He won the first US Olympic qualifier in Mammoth Mountain, California, in February 2017. He then qualified for the Olympics in January 2018 with a second place finish in Snowmass, Colorado.