Winter Olympics 2018: Red Gerard Wins Team USA's First Gold

Red Gerard

Red Gerard

In his final run Sunday, Gerard triumphed over Canadians Max Parrot, who won the silver and Mark McMorris, who won a second bronze after Sochi four years ago.

Sure, Westminster College in Utah is an official partner of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the national governing body for competitive skiing and snowboarding, but it's still kind of awesome how many of their students end up representing the United States in the Olympic Games. And that's where his fans were watching from a bar. The typically relaxed athlete smiled and chuckled when he realized he was assured of a podium spot, and eventually a gold medal.

Team USA now holds two medals in the 2018 Winter Olympics, trailing Norway (with eight), the Netherlands (holding five), Germany and Canada (with four each).

Red Gerard broke the seal for Team USA at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, claiming gold in the men's snowboard slopestyle despite his being the youngest competitor at just 17 years old.

The blue riband men's downhill event was also rescheduled due to 45mph gusts at Jeongseon Alpine Centre and will now take place on Thursday.

The highest finish by an American in the event belonged to Scott Patterson. Known for his innovative rail tricks, his line was one of the most imaginative of the day.

The Shibutani siblings started the night for the U.S.in the short dance.

Chris Mazdzer added to Team USA's medal haul on Sunday when he won the country's first medal in men's singles luge, a silver. I'm shaking right now, maybe from the cold or the excitement, I don't know, but I'm ecstatic.

'I would have to guess that people are pretty surprised. I don't like feeling sad.

It was culmination of a career that began when he was 2 years old. The figure skating team event will conclude tomorrow.

On Saturday, Norway's Marit Bjoergen entered the history books at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

His Olympic journey is set to continue in the men's big air competition, which will be making its debut in an Olympic Games on February 21. "Like I said, I need to pinch myself".

While it can be assumed that most of his family is there with him in South Korea given he's younger than eighteen, it's great to see his friends back home in Colorado cheering for him.

Snowboarding action at Pyeongchang 2018 is scheduled to continue tomorrow.

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