A teenager from the U.S. wins first Gold medal: Winter Olympic 2018
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Feb 12, 2018,
Feb 12, 2018, 0:43
I had a lot of fun and all I really want to do is just land runs'.
McMorris broke his jaw and left arm, ruptured his spleen, suffered a pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed lung as a result of the crash. He spent 10 days in hospital and was on a liquid diet for six weeks. Gerard will ride in the finals on Sunday.
"I'm on the podium and I probably shouldn't even be here", McMorris said. I'm shaking right now, maybe from the cold or the excitement, I don't know. But on Sunday the event was postponed because of high winds. Corning, with the unfortunate position of dropping first in the first qualifying heat, saw judges dock him for a less-than-perfect grab on that first run. His clean run scored him a strong 87.16 points. But I'm ecstatic, I can't believe I got to land my run.
The event started nearly 40 minutes late due to a "technical maintenance" issue, however, the competitors did not seem concerned by the delay or the foggy conditions as they produced some stunning runs across the slope, featuring three rails at the start before three jumps.
"I'd come home and ride the rope tow until night", Gerard told NBC Sports. The second and third place times were split by two one-thousandths of a second. "I had a lot of pressure and my heart was beating really fast before starting on the course".
But it's even nicer for the man (boy, I guess?) who did it: 17-year-old Red Gerrard, a surprise victor of the men's snowboard slopestyle competition.
Red Gerard, born on June 29, 2000, celebrated a storming win in slopestyle, which also made him the second youngest individual victor in Games history. "I got a break in the wind and somehow made it through".
'I would have to guess that people are pretty surprised.
There were four Canadians in the 12-man final.
Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ont., finished 7th while Sebastian Toutant of L'Assomption, Que., ended up 11th.
Later, as the gusts continued to swirl, the women's slopestyle qualification was scrapped with the competitors all going straight into today's final.
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.