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'Psyched' teen snowboarder Gerard takes first USA Olympic gold

12 February 2018

Champion Redmond Gerard of the USA (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.

Gerard said nothing as he waited for Parrot's score.

Canadian Maxence Parrot took silver with his final run, tipping compatriot Mark McMorris - the leader after two completed rounds - into the bronze medal position.

McMorris had an advantage knowing the score he needed to put up in his final run, but the 2014 bronze medalist under-rotated on a jump and crashed, ensuring he couldn't overtake Gerard.

Gerard is the second straight American to win slopestyle snowboarding, which made its Olympic debut four years ago.

The Gerards have to be the most relatable family of the Olympics thus far.

Gerard took first place in the men's slopestyle snowboarding event. Parrot washed out in his first two runs on Sunday, failing to post a score anywhere close to podium-worthy.

The 24-year-old bronze medallist from Sochi admitted that the pair push each other to greater things and will be competing hard in the final.

"I didn't think I'd ever snowboard again when I was laying there after I hit that tree", he said. "I'm just absolutely just mind-blown". I had a lot of fun and all I really want to do is just land runs'. Gerard went into first by 1.96 points over Canadian Mark McMorris. He said, oh, whatever, X Games is a bigger deal to me. Did you see his gold medal-winning Slopestyle run? "And if you were to fall on all three of your runs, that'd be a pretty big bummer, but I kind of know they're always going to be there for me".

Gerard, renowned for his prowess on rails - thanks in partly to the terrain park in the backyard of his family's Silverthorne home - wove a creative line through the course's byzantine rail section, which offered myriad opportunities for riders.

McMorris's remarkable feat after cheating death did not go unnoticed by USA ski "queen" Lindsey Vonn, who tweeted a split photo, one half of the Canadian in a hospital bed with numerous tubes attached to him and the other showing him smiling and a superimposed bronze medal.

'Psyched' teen snowboarder Gerard takes first USA Olympic gold