Get to know the name Red Gerard.
Red Gerard is a 17-year old from Silverthorne, Colorado. He just became the first American hero of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Nine countries won medals at this year’s Olympic games in Pyeongchang before the U.S. got on the board. Thanks to Gerard, America has now captured gold.
Gerard took home gold in the men’s slopestyle snowboarding event. He edged out a pair of Canadians in the event, Max Parrot and Mark McMorris.
Gerard posted a score of 87.16 in the event. It was just enough to edge Parrot’s 86.00.
The two Canadians took home silver and bronze. Those medals give America’s Northern neighbor their first two medals of the event as well.
With the win, Gerard becomes the youngest American snowboarder to medal at the Olympics. This is (obviously) his first Olympic appearance.
The Olympic team was clearly ready for Gerard to make some noise. This GIF is perfect.
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) February 11, 2018
NBC has not yet posted video of Gerard’s golden run. We’ll update with it when it becomes available.
Gerard is originally from the Cleveland suburb of Rocky River. For now, enjoy this awesome video from fans in his hometown.
— Amani Abraham (@AmaniAbraham) February 11, 2018
With the medal, the U.S. is one of five countries to win gold thus far. Only Germany has captured multiple golds.
Update: NBC just posted video of Gerard’s medal-winning running. Here it is:
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 11, 2018
Well done, Red. Welcome to Olympics history.