Teenage snowboarder Red Gerard wins first US gold medal at 2018 Winter Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Teenager Red Gerard won the United States’ first medal of the PyeongChang Games on Sunday morning, taking gold in slopestyle snowboarding with an array of daring spins, flips and stylish elements in a stunning final run.

Gerard, who grew up snowboarding in Cleveland and honed his craft in a backyard park after moving to Colorado, followed Sage Kotsenburg’s gold in the initial slopestyle event at the Sochi Games with another gold after his three U.S. teammates failed to qualify for the final round.

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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11: Gold medalist Redmond Gerard (R) of the United States celebrates with silver medalist Max Parrot of Canada during the Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Final on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 11, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11: Redmond Gerard of the United States celebrates winning gold during the Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Final on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 11, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Snowboarding ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Slopestyle Training ? Phoenix Snow Park ? Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 7, 2018 - Redmond Gerard of the U.S. trains. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Slopestyle Qualification - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 10, 2018 - Redmond Gerard of the U.S. competes. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Slopestyle Qualification - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 10, 2018 - Redmond Gerard of the U.S. competes. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Slopestyle Finals - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 11, 2018 - Redmond Gerard of the U.S. celebrates with coach. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Slopestyle Qualification - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 10, 2018 - Redmond Gerard of the U.S. competes. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Slopestyle Finals - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 11, 2018 - Redmond Gerard of the U.S. reacts. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Slopestyle Finals - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 11, 2018 - Redmond Gerard of the U.S. reacts. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Slopestyle Finals - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 11, 2018 - Redmond Gerard of the U.S. and coach. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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The 17-year-old Gerard overcame a fall on his first two runs and rebounded with a score of 87.16 on his third and final run to leap onto the top of medal table. Canada’s Max Parrot and Mark McMorris won silver and bronze with runs of 86.00 and 85.20, respectively.

A fixture on the snowboarding scene since he was 10, Gerard, who at 5-foot-5 and 115 pounds twisted in the wind at Phoenix Snow Park with ease, fulfilled his long-held promise. And he now can do what no other snowboarder has done since the discipline entered the Olympics: win two medals. Gerard also will compete in the Big Air contest, which will be held Feb. 24, the day before the Closing Ceremony.

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Snowboarding ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Slopestyle Training ? Phoenix Snow Park ? Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 7, 2018 - Redmond Gerard of the U.S. trains. REUTERS/Mike Blake
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: Kevin Bickner of the United States jumps during the Ski Jumping - Men's Normal Hill Individual Final on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Center on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: Matt Hamilton of the United States throws a rock with Becca Hamilton during a 10-3 win over Norway in the Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin match on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 10, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: J.R. Celski of the United States competes during the Men's 1500m Short Track Speed Skating qualifying on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 10, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: Carlijn Schoutens of the United States warmps up prior to the Women's Speed Skating 3000m on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 10, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: Kevin Bickner of the United States makes a trial jump during the Ski Jumping - Men's Normal Hill Individual Final on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Center on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: Erin Hamlin of the United States slides during the Womens Singles Luge training during day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by XIN LI/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: Emily Dreissigacker of the United States competes during the Women's Biathlon 7.5km Sprint on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Biathlon Centre on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: Kevin Bickner of the United States makes a jump during the Ski Jumping - Men's Normal Hill Individual Final on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Center on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: Michael Glasder of the United States makes a trial jump during the Ski Jumping - Men's Normal Hill Individual Final on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Center on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: Clare Egan of the United States looks on during the Women's Biathlon 7.5km Sprint on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Biathlon Centre on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: Joanne Firesteel Reid of the United States competes during the Women's Biathlon 7.5km Sprint on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Biathlon Centre on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: Emily Dreissigacker of the United States competes during the Women's Biathlon 7.5km Sprint on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Biathlon Centre on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: Tucker West of the United States slides during the Men's Singles Luge on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: Carlijn Schoutens of the United States competes during the Women's Speed Skating 3000m on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 10, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
USA's John-Henry Krueger takes part in the men's 1,500m short track speed skating semi-final event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Slopestyle Finals - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 11, 2018 - Redmond Gerard of the U.S. reacts. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Slopestyle Finals - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 11, 2018 - Redmond Gerard of the U.S. competes. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Slopestyle Finals - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 11, 2018 - Redmond Gerard of the U.S. reacts. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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