Quotes from the Pyeongchang Winter Games on day two

by Leon Thompson February 12, 2018, 0:44
Quotes from the Pyeongchang Winter Games on day two

Snowboarder Red Gerard became the first American gold medal victor at the 2018 Winter Olympic on Saturday in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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

Making America proud! Red Gerard has nabbed the first gold medal for Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Gerard - real name Redmond - is also the first ever medalist at the Olympic Winter Games born after January 1 2000, according to Gracenote.

Parrot fell in his first two runs but nailed his third to bump McMorris out of the silver medal position with a score of 86.00.

With rivals Sebastien Toutant, Gerard and Parrot still struggling to land a clean run, McMorris took control of the contest with a spectacular second run, finishing with a backside triple cork 1620 to score 85.20 and take the lead. Red Gerard delivered in his final run to capture gold in the men's snowboard slopestyle.

For the fourth consecutive Olympics, my weekly Medal Stand column will take on a daily format.

Gerard, at 17 the youngest in the men's competition, landed a ideal backside triple cork 1440 on his final run.

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In March, McMorris was riding in the backcountry near Whistler, British Columbia, when he went off a jump and crashed into a tree, resulting in a broken jaw, broken left arm, ruptured spleen, a pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed lung.

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"No, honestly. I'm always thinking day-by-day, I've never been the guy that thinks into the future", he said.

Gerard was in last place before he strapped on his board for a third and final run. "We've been training so hard and to be out on Olympic ice for the first time, we are really happy with it", Maia said.

The 18-year-old Corning, who had to wait more than half an hour to start due to weather, was curious about the judging, wondering if he should have scored higher. I'm shaking right now, maybe from the cold or the excitement, I don't know.

Gerard, renowned for his prowess on rails - thanks in partly to the terrain park in the backyard of his family's Silverthorne home - wove a creative line through the course's byzantine rail section, which offered myriad opportunities for riders. He broke a rib less than two weeks before the Sochi Games and still managed to win slopestyle bronze. North Korean women's hockey player Hwang Chung-gum and South Korean bobsleigh pilot Won Yun-jong both clutched the flag pole in a noteworthy display of unity.

Snowboarding action at Pyeongchang 2018 is scheduled to continue tomorrow.

The big air finals are set for February 23-24 at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre.


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