Teenager Red Gerard bags Team USA's first Olympic gold medal in slopestyle

Pyeonchang's coastal location on the western side of the Korean Peninsula and near the Sea of Japan

When Gerard's parents moved their seven children to a farm in Silverthorne, Colorado, one of his brothers recognized that the land was flawless for creating a snow park.

Redmond Gerard won the United States' first gold medal at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games by taking victory in the men's snowboarding slopestyle final.

"I was just really excited that I landed a run", he admits. "I can't believe everything worked out". "The wind was really bad, and the first two runs it was pretty tough", he said, "but we got a nice little break on the third and I'm just happy I got to land". "There are a lot of creative lines up there", said Gerard, who boasts a finish corral cheering section of 14-plus boisterous friends and family in South Korea, waving giant pictures of his face alongside American flags.

When his time came, Gerard nailed it. "So I'm pretty sure they are doing just fine". "They said, 'Yeah, it's good'".

The top of the Olympic course is also tight.

"(Bach) was like, 'What were you thinking during all those spins?'" Gerard said. "It just kind of happened".

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

They will be training at the Center of Excellence that is 30 minutes away from Westminster College, continuing to take classes at the same time. While another Canadian, Max Parrot, gave Gerard a late scare, it was the OH native who stood atop the podium when the dust had settled.

The 19-year-old beat defending champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada, with Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan in third.

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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. Instead, Gerard relies on the quick reflexes he learned in the tight quarters of his backyard, which is visible from Interstate 70 down below, and where neighborhood kids feel free to pop in unannounced to put down a few runs.

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According to one report, Gerard woke up late on Saturday, then couldn't find his jacket, so he borrowed his roommate's.

He's also the second straight American to win the event, which made its Olympic debut in 2014.

In a snowboarding accident a year ago, McMorris broke 17 bones and suffered a collapsed lung and ruptured spleen, leaving him fighting for his life.

Canada's Max Parrot, the top qualifier, stomped his tricks in the final run of the contest, but it wasn't enough to unseat Gerard.

The morning didn't seem to bother Gerard, as he got to the event on time.

Speaking of his very vocally supportive family he said: 'I can not wait to see them all and see what they have to say'.

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