Persistent wind alters another Olympic event; women's slopestyle qualifying round canceled

Lawrence Cooper
February 12, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Red Gerard, from Silverthorne, Colorado, in his debut Olympics, won the men's slopestyle snowboarding competition. His score of 87.16 was just enough to slip by Parrot.

The win was a dramatic one. after falling on his first two runs and dropping to 11th place.

The slopestyle event consists of three runs per individual, with the best score of three taken into account for final standings.

It could have been Marcus Kleveland, the first man to land a quad cork, trying to become the first Norwegian to win an Olympic snowboarding title.

According to The Denver Post, Gerard showed up in South Korea like "an accidental tourist", insisting that "I honestly don't know what the Olympics is".

The start list is in reverse order of qualifying, so Parrot will go last in each of the three runs, with top score determining the victor.

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Thanks to 17-year old Red Gerard, America is on the board at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Gold medalist Redmond Gerard of the United States poses during the victory ceremony for the Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Final during the PyeongChang Olympic Games on February 11, 2018.

The teenage snowboarder said previous year that he didn't really think about the Olympics.

"I'm just really glad to be able to snowboard, and to snowboard at this level", he said after qualifying. I remember the whole time waiting, just trying to survive because (I) ruptured (my) spleen and all that and my jaw was just hanging. Toutant was third in Heat 1 (ninth overall) with a score of 78.01, while North Bay, Ont., native Richardson claimed fifth place in Heat 2 (seventh overall) with 79.21 points. He said, oh, whatever, X Games is a bigger deal to me.

After all that, he said Sunday that bronze felt like winning gold. "I can't believe it", Gerard told USA Today. They were the heavy favorites going into the event, so it wasn't surprising. That sucked because it was just from one stupid mistake and I wish I could take that back every day of my life. 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.

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