Winter Olympics: United States' first gold medal handed to Snowboarder Red Gerard

Winter Olympics: United States' first gold medal handed to Snowboarder Red Gerard

Winter Olympics: United States' first gold medal handed to Snowboarder Red Gerard

No, it's not Korean that's the problem. He capped the run with a clean triple-cork 1440. "Keep it fun. It doesn't matter how it all goes'".

Sebastien Toutant of Canada during his first qualification run.

After nailing his third and final slopestyle run to launch himself from eighth place to first, Red Gerard found himself surrounded by cheering teammates, coaches and perhaps loudest of all - his family.

A pair of Canadians, Max Parrot and Mark McMorris, finished with silver and bronze, respectively. "The rails were tight, but we all have to ride the same course and adapt", said usa rider Ryan Stassel, who fell in both of his runs in the first heat. "The weather's really challenging today, but I'm stoked I was able to put it down, you know?"

But Canada's medal prospects got a huge boost on qualifying for the men's slopestyle snowboarding event.

From there, McMorris earned his spot on the Canadian Olympic team. "I competed to feel the magic of the Olympics", Medvedeva said. "We work really hard and, don't understand me wrong, it's pretty tough sometimes, but in the end I really love what I'm doing and I think that's a big secret to keep motivated every day". "I would just be so embarrassed".

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Mack and Gerard will also compete in the big air event, which begins on February 21.

"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.

Then it was on to the fireworks from McMorris and Parrot.

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. "I just look for different lines", he said, draped in an American flag after dozens of interviews with worldwide media at the base of the slopestyle course. Despite Parrot landing the same trick on the final run of the day, the judges favoured the American. I'm shaking right now, maybe from the cold or the excitement, I don't know. Now, with all 27 athletes scheduled to compete in Monday's final, there won't be time for a full slate of runs. "If you look around, it's like a jungle there are so many rails". "I had a lot of pressure and my heart was beating really fast before starting on the course".

The English-to-snowboard translator confirms that this means it would be very good indeed.

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