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Teenager Wins First US Gold Medal at Pyeongchang Olympics

Teenager Wins First US Gold Medal at Pyeongchang Olympics”

Champion Redmond Gerard of the US (C), second-placed Max Parrot of Canada (L) and third-placed Mark Mcmorris of Canada pose for group pohotos after the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at the Phoenix Snow Park in PyeongChang, South Korea, on February 11, 2018.

Canada's Max Parrot reacts after completing his run in the men's slopestyle finals at Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang, South Korea on February 11, 2018.

Gerard, who at 17 was the youngest competitor in the field, had been sitting in last place after his first two runs.

Corning, who came into the competition as a favorite and was expected to at least make the final, failed to finish in the top six riders from heat one, which would have put him through to Sunday's final.

Gerard becomes the youngest U.S. snowboarder to win an Olympic medal since the sport made its Games debut at Nagano 1998.

Gerard tried the sport as a toddler then took it up with a passion aged eight when his family moved closer to the snow.

Gerard took first place in the men's slopestyle snowboarding event.

Gerard was off the pace after the first and second runs, scoring 43.33 and 46.40, before somehow summoning up an enormous last effort.

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Parrot, who finished fifth in Sochi in 2014, said the course in Pyeongchang presents some problems but that he'll be ready for his second Olympic finals.

Red Gerard won the first gold medal - and first medal overall - for Team USA on Sunday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"I don't really think I knew what the Olympics is", said Gerard, who claims he didn't grow up watching TV or fantasizing about taking Olympic runs.

Canada won its first medals of Pyeongchang 2018 with a silver and bronze in men's slopestyle snowboard.

"I'm mind blown", Gerard said.

'I'm just so happy that it all worked out. I had a lot of fun and all I really want to do is just land runs'. "My son just won an Olympic gold medal". "I grew up watching the X Games and Dew Tour".

Mark McMorris completed his remarkable comeback from injury and was in a gold medal position heading into the final run. "We are playing good, consistent curling and grinding out some good wins", Morris said. That sucked because it was just from one stupid mistake and I wish I could take that back every day of my life.



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