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12 February 2018, 12:45 | Ken Black
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The youngest competitor in the event had taken Gold and got the ball rolling for Team USA in Pyeongchang after they won no medals on the first full day of the Winter Olympics. The 17-year-old was the lone USA rider in the mens slopestyle final earlier in the day, and he won the gold medal by snagging a score of 87.16 in his final run. The teenager is also the second-youngest American man to win a Winter Olympics gold medal and the youngest since Billy Fiske (16 in 1928 when winning the five-man bobsleigh). Gerard's score of 87.16 is what won him the gold, and it came after a shaky run in the first heat with some sketchy landings.
But Canada's medal prospects got a huge boost on qualifying for the men's slopestyle snowboarding event.
For the fourth consecutive Olympics, my weekly Medal Stand column will take on a daily format.
Regina's McMorris was clinging to first place before Gerard claimed the gold on his final run.
In March, McMorris was riding in the backcountry near Whistler, British Columbia, when he went off a jump and crashed into a tree, resulting in a broken jaw, broken left arm, ruptured spleen, a pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed lung.
The silver and bronze were Canada's first medals of the Games. "I wanted to do things no one was doing".
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. "I'm shaking right now, maybe from the cold, or from the excitement, I don't know", he said, just after finishing his third run on Sunday. Known for his innovative rail tricks, his line was one of the most imaginative of the day. His first two runs were in the mid to upper 40s.
Parrot, 23, from Cowansville, Quebec, pulled off a stunning third run at Phoenix Park to finish in second with 86 points even. "I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow", Gerardsaid.
Canadians Tyler Nicholson and Sebastien Toutant placed 7th and 11th respectively.
Matt and Becca Hamilton will play again in the Games in both the men's and women's team events. As my Pyeongchang 2018 daily columns begin, youll notice a few tweaks from my columns during previous Olympic Games.
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