Red Gerard Wins First US Medal At Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Max Parrot of Canada during his first qualification run in the snowboard men’s slopestyle event.
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There are two heats, with the second scheduled to start at 1130 local time (0230 GMT).

After a qualifying round that was dominated by McMorris and Parrot, along with X Games champion Marcus Kleveland of Norway, Gerard faced an imposing task to win a medal.

The 17-year-old from Silverthorne, Colorado, jumped from eighth after his second run to first with an 87.16 in his third and final run to win the gold medal in men's slopestyle snowboarding on Sunday morning.

The win preserves the USA streak of winning gold in slopestyle, which was added to the Olympics schedule in 2014. They're some of the strongest countries when it comes to the event. That heat featured slopestyle giants Max Parrot and Mark McMorris, both Canadians, who each finished less than one full point ahead of the young American. McMorris, who suffered a tragic injury in the run up to the Games, finished in third with a 85.20.

Canadian Mark McMorris was among the finalists for men's slopestyle. "I'm sore a lot, but (that's) to be expected", he said. "The judging is out of your hands and so you just have to try your best and that is what I did and I was rewarded".

Mark Mc Morris of Canada during his first qualification run in the snowboard men’s slopestyle event.
Jean Levac  
Postmedia
Mark Mc Morris of Canada during his first qualification run in the snowboard men’s slopestyle event. Jean Levac Postmedia

Parrot also fell on his first two runs but delivered a 86.00 on his final attempt.

The new event on the curling docket has seen Switzerland jump out to a 3-1 record along with Canada, Norway and the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation.

"I was doing something in my run the judges really didn't like so we are going to have to look back at my scores and figure out what was going on because, like I say they didn't like something in my room that I am not totally sure about", said the American teenager.

It was a disappointing day for Norway, who had three riders in the competition. The top six qualifiers would advance.

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