17-year-old Red Gerard became the youngest snowboarding champion in Olympic history when he bested Canadians Max Parrot and Mark McMorris to take home gold yesterday in the Men’s Snowboarding Slopestyle final.
Gerard was able to take the lead by landing a perfect backside triple cork 1440 on his third and final run, earning an 87.16 from the judges.
“It feels incredible. I’m just really happy that I got to land a run and I’m just really excited right now,” Gerard said afterwards. Gerard, who grew up in Ohio and Colorado, won despite falls on his first two attempts due to difficult and unorthodox lines.
“He’s a very creative rider,” competitor Max Parrot told Yahoo! Sports. “Always taking a line nobody does, like he did today.”
Parrot landed a nearly identical trick following Gerard’s run, but the judges opted for Gerard’s rendition.
Gerard expressed shock after processing his score on the final run: “I don’t even know what’s going on to be honest,” Gerard said to BBC.
Gerard will look to continue his success in PyeongChang when he competes in the Men’s Big Air competition on Feb. 21.