'Psyched' teen snowboarder Gerard takes first USA Olympic gold


Team USA hit the medal board on a blustery, freezing day at the Pyeongchang Games, while Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva broke her own world record and the US women's hockey team got off to a winning start.

Gold medalist Redmond Gerard of the US, centre, celebrates with silver medalist Max Parrot, left, and bronze medalist Mark McMorris following the men's snowboard slopestyle final at the Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 11, 2018.

Red is from Silverthorne, Colorado and is one of the youngest members for Team USA competing in Pyeongchang.

Kramer is the second male speed skater to win four Olympic medals in a single event, following in the footsteps of compatriot Bob de Jong, who got four medals in the men's 10,000m.

Canadians Max Parrott and Mark McMorris won silver and bronze medals with scores of 86.00 and 85.20 points respectively.

The qualifying was scheduled to take place right after the final of the men's slopestyle competition, which was won by 17-year-old American Red Gerard. "I probably shouldn't even be here", said the seven-time X-Games champion.

For athletes who don't put up a good number with their first run, the pressure just got amplified for their second, and now final run.

Gerard had to recover from a poor start to the Men's Slopestyle final, but stomped his final run. "But overall I'm really happy and really proud to be on the podium and it's a really big reward for my whole team".

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"I didn't have a flat race and wanted to have a flat race and didn't happen".

The teen Gold medal victor said later: 'It feels incredible. "Then, he fell on run two".

These thoughts were still present after Sunday's final, won by American Redmond Gerard, as McMorris said he was just pleased to be healthy and riding once again.

"To be honest I changed my strategy a bit because I saw everybody blowing up their legs", he said, pointing out how he had noticed his rivals, including Bloemen, slowing down in the final laps.

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'I would have to guess that people are pretty surprised.

That left the bronze to McMorris, who admits to being lucky to be alive following a crash in Whistler, Canada, previous year which left him with 17 broken bones, a collapsed lung and ruptured spleen.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States compete in the Figure Skating Team Event - Ice Dance - Short Dance on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 11, 2018.