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Olympics - Snowboarding: Norway and Canada dominate men's snowboard slopestyle qualification

Olympics - Snowboarding: Norway and Canada dominate men's snowboard slopestyle qualification

Champion Redmond Gerard of the US (C), second-placed Max Parrot of Canada (L) and third-placed Mark Mcmorris of Canada pose for group pohotos after the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at the Phoenix Snow Park in PyeongChang, South Korea, on February 11, 2018. On Saturday afternoon, the 17-year-old from Silverthorne, Colorado, became the lone USA rider to qualify into Sunday's snowboard slopestyle finals, while his mom, dad and all six of his siblings cheered him on from the friends and family section at the bottom of the course.

Norwegians Staale Sandbech and Markus Kleveland slipped up during their last shots, too, leaving only Parrot in Gerard's way. And after a qualifying run that yielded this hilarious CBC commentary, McMorris reached the podium Sunday alongside countryman Max Parrot, who captured silver to give Canada its first two medals of the PyeongChang games.

Where competitors were scheduled to take three runs each in the final round with only their best score counting in the standings, now snowboarders will only have two runs each.

His family built a snowboard park in his backyard, but it was Sage Kotsenburg's gold-medal winning effort in the men's snowboard slopestyle final at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games that proved to be Gerard's biggest inspiration.

Team USA has earned its first medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics, thanks to teen snowboarder Red Gerard.

"I'd come home and ride the rope tow until night", Gerard told Nick Zaccardi of NBC Sports in October. He took gold despite falling on his first two runs, posting scores under 50 points.

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Redmond Gerard won the gold medal with 87.16 points.

"I won the Olympics", he said.

Canadian Mark Mcmorris was third with 85.20.

His medal came on an eventful day after an natural disaster triggered an alert, winds disrupted events and a fire warning was issued on a day of more sub-zero cold that left athletes and spectators shivering. I just got here a little late. "I never really realized how big it is".

Viewers could clearly hear the shocked teen say 'Holy s***' on tv as he finished his final run. "I landed them pretty well and my rail section is more technical than some of the people sitting in the top positions".


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