Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Teenage snowboarder Red Gerard takes slopestyle gold

Teenage snowboarder Red Gerard takes slopestyle gold

For the second Olympics in a row, the first usa medal came in men's snowboard slopestyle. The 17-year-old was the lone US rider in the mens slopestyle final earlier in the day, and he won the gold medal by snagging a score of 87.16 in his final run.

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. And that's where his fans were watching from a bar.

Team USA now holds two medals in the 2018 Winter Olympics, trailing Norway (with eight), the Netherlands (holding five), Germany and Canada (with four each).

Teenage snowboarding sensation Red Gerard nailed his last run to win the first gold for the United States at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Sunday and declared: "I'm super-psyched!"

Saturday also brought good news to several other American athletes in figure skating and short-track.

Slopestyle was one of the events that did not fall victim to high winds on Sunday, when the showpiece men's downhill skiing was aborted until Thursday following a pre-dawn meeting of ski chiefs. Team USA's Kyle Mack told USA Today that he had to wake up Gerard before the event began.

- Canada has maintained its lead in the Olympic team figure-skating event heading into the final day. I'm shaking right now, maybe from the cold or the excitement, I don't know, but I'm ecstatic.

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

"It's a duel that motivates me", said Fourcade, the 29-year-old French army officer. "I feel like there's just always so much stuff going around that I want to pay attention to".

Both Corning and Stassel will have the chance to respond to the disappointment in the big air competition later in the Olympics.

A day of extremes started with a surprise natural disaster alert, after a 4.7-magnitude quake rattled eastern South Korea, with its epicentre about 260 kilometres (160 miles) from the Games.

Andrew Musgrave secured the best Winter Olympics result by a British cross-country skier with seventh as Norway claimed a clean sweep of the 30-kilometres skiathlon podium on day two in Pyeongchang.

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