American Gerard second youngest men's gold medalist at Winter Olympics

"You know, just landing a run in general and then being lucky enough to get on the podium and then to win is insane", Gerard explained.

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

McMorris's fellow Canadian, Max Parrot, the last snowboarder of the day, then bumped him to third with a brilliant final run that netted a score of 86.00, falling just short of the gold.

The diminutive Gerard, the second-youngest of seven siblings who grew up in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to Colorado, seemed stunned as he became the youngest Olympic snowboarding champion ever.

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"At this point, I am happy with my result, but the performance was a bit tough, probably because it was my first time on the Olympic ice", she told the media.

After botching the first run, Gerard wiped out in his second run and seemed to tweak his back, causing the commentators to wonder if he'd be 100 percent for his third and final run.

But it's even nicer for the man (boy, I guess?) who did it: 17-year-old Red Gerrard, a surprise victor of the men's snowboard slopestyle competition.

Red Gerard seemed to be an afterthought heading into Sunday's final run of men's slopestyle at the 2018 Winter Olympics, ranked 11th out of the 12 finalists. I think the judges liked that.

Regina's Mark McMorris held first place until Parrot surpassed him. "I can not believe what has just happened it is insane".

"I'm mind blown", Gerard said.

His medal came on an eventful day after an quake triggered an alert, winds disrupted events and a fire warning was issued on a day of more sub-zero cold that left athletes and spectators shivering. "I never really realized how big it is". "I just kind of grew up watching Dew Tour and X Games".

He wrapped up his winning run by stomping his board in the snow for a clean landing after a backside triple cork 1440 on his final leap.

But Canada's Mark McMorris staked an early claim for the most inspirational story of the Games with his slopestyle bronze - just 11 months after a near-fatal crash. He chose off-path features on the rail and jump sections that others ignored.

  • Steve Townsend