Snowboarder Redmond Gerard - more commonly known as simply "Red" - has won the first USA medal in Pyeongchang, taking a gold medal at the Winter Olympics with a stunning comeback win in the men's slopestyle final.
After a 40-minute delay at the Phoenix Snow Park venue, officials made a decision to advance all of the competitors to Monday's final round. Canadian Max Parrot, who had fallen on each of his first two runs, then nailed his final run for the silver medal.
Each athlete has two attempts to score the highest score possible, with each competitor's best run counting as their qualification run. The third was enough to put Gerard on the podium. "It just kind of happened".
The grand plan when Red Gerard and his brothers set down rails and attached a tow rope to a dirt bike to fashion a snowboard park in their backyard wasn't all that grand. He finds his own creative ways when he's competing. Gave it two weeks, and he started moving faster.
Practices even lasted into the night after lights were installed.
"I was like, this cannot be right", he told NBC Sports in 2017. "I'm still having a really hard time believing it", he noted. "I can not believe what has just happened it is insane".
"There's been some injuries, a lot of concussions".
It was a good day for the Norwegian and Canadian slopestyle snowboarders on Saturday.
From here, he will travel back to the West Coast for the post-victory TV appearances and sponsor shoots. "Gravity and momentum favor snowboarders who are bigger than the 5'5", 115-pounder.
When his family moved to Colorado, Gerard's career took off.
Teenage snowboarder Red Gerard became the first Winter Olympics champion born this millennium on Sunday as high winds caused disruption at the Pyeongchang Games. He had advanced out of his semifinal by the edge of his skates, edging South Korea's Yira Seo by just.002 seconds to finish second. He trained with his older siblings from the start, and by the age of 15 he was making news on the professional circuit by landing such notoriously hard jumps as backside triple-cork 1440s.
That family came along with him on the journey to PyeongChang. I wanted him to land a run for himself, for his confidence and well-being, but for all of them too.