Teenager Wins First US Gold Medal at Pyeongchang Olympics

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

Red Gerard reaches snowboard slopestyle final, Chris Corning just misses

American Redmond Gerard became the second youngest gold medalist in an individual men's event at the Winter Olympics by winning the snowboard slopestyle champion at the Phoenix Snow Park here on Sunday. His score of 87.16 was just enough to slip by Parrot. Canadian Max Parrot, who had fallen on each of his first two runs, then nailed his final run for the silver medal.

Gerard becomes the youngest USA snowboarder to win an Olympic medal since the sport made its Games debut at Nagano 1998.

Wearing the No. 6 bib, Gerard took some of the most unique lines and used the full width of the course to profile his versatility on the different features.

He won USA's first medal of the 2018 Olympics despite starting in last place.

"I've never really found myself thinking about [the Olympics]", Gerard said past year, according to NBC.

Quebec's Sebestien Toutant got things started Friday afternoon Pacific time, finishing third in the qualifying Heat 1 and moving on to the finals. "I competed to feel the magic of the Olympics", Medvedeva said.

"I just think day by day, so there was never really a time when I was like, 'I want to be an Olympian, '" Gerard told Ed Stoner of the Aspen Times in November. "I'm happy I was able to do that and happy they got to join me on this experience".

The silver and bronze were Canada's first medals of the Games.

"I'm really hoping to pull that trick out with a bigger spin", said the ever-smiling 20-year-old. "I grew up watching the X Games and Dew Tour".

Canada's Mark McMorris owned first place in the event, taking place live early Sunday morning and in primetime Saturday night for American TV audiences, with a second-run score of 85.20.

Speaking to reporters straight after his second run, Corning said he believes his run matched those of his competitors who did qualify.

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.

The OAR team was put together after a doping scandal cast doubts on whether Russian Federation would be allowed to compete at the Pyeongchang Games, with Medvedeva one of high-profile members of the party.

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