Red Gerard's hometown Rocky River celebrates gold medal win

Posted February 12, 2018

No, it's not Korean that's the problem.

Sebastien Toutant of Canada during his first qualification run. Teammate Max Parrot stepped up and scored 83.45. He got off to a poor start as he botched his first run, finishing with a score of 43.33. "The rails were tight, but we all have to ride the same course and adapt", said usa rider Ryan Stassel, who fell in both of his runs in the first heat.

"I'm super-psyched!" said Gerard, adding: "I can not believe it".

His family built a snowboard park in his backyard, but it was Sage Kotsenburg's gold-medal winning effort in the men's snowboard slopestyle final at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games that proved to be Gerard's biggest inspiration.

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In her Olympic debut, 20-year-old Bradie Tennell placed fifth in the ladies single skating short program, adding six points to the team's score.

Going into Run 3, McMorris was on course to claim Gold and, though he had to settle for a third-placed finish, his performance capped a remarkable comeback. - Italian figure skater Carolina Kostner said four straight Winter Games are not enough to rid her of the child-like wonder of competing in the Olympic Winter Games. I don't want to have them come all this way for me and not land a run. "I would just be so embarrassed". It took me an extra year to graduate high school and I didn't really see secondary education as an option.

Then it was on to the fireworks from McMorris and Parrot.

Canada's Parrot, who won the X-Games Big Air this year in Aspen, Colorado, also had a disappointing first two runs but hoisted himself into silver medal position on the last attempt.

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Gerard is known for his creativity, which helped earn him a score of 87.16 from the judges in his final run.

"I was just really excited that I landed a run", he admits. I'm shaking right now, maybe from the cold or the excitement, I don't know, but I'm ecstatic.

"I always looked up to my brothers - family is everything to me", he notes when asked about snowboarders he admires. With just two runs, "You land one, you're stoked, you don't and there's so much pressure".

The rails section of the course, which was designed and built by German-based Schneestern Snowparks, is without a doubt unique, but several riders found it hard to navigate and went down before their runs really began. "I never thought I'd end up learning tricks in the backyard".

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