NewsAlert: Snowboarders Parrot and McMorris capture silver and bronze at Pyeongchang Olympics

Jonathan Hernandez
February 12, 2018

Red Gerard won the United States' first medal of the PyeongChang Games on Sunday morning, taking gold in slopestyle snowboarding with an array of daring spins, flips and stylish elements in a stunning final run.

He became the second-youngest gold medal victor in an individual men's event at the Winter Games, behind only Finn Toni Nieminen, who won the ski jumping aged 16 in 1992.

"I told him it was sick, and he was going to get in first", Sandbech said.

However, it was Canada's Parrot who secured the highest scoring run of the second heat.

Gerard exulted in the moment as he took a few minutes to chat with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.

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

Gerard was off the pace after the first and second runs, scoring 43.33 and 46.40, before somehow summoning up an enormous last effort.

"I said to myself, 'Listen Max, you fell two straight times".

Norway, led by 18-year-old Marcus Kleveland, also qualified four boarders for the final.

"He's gonna land, he's gonna land", Gerard said as Parrot went through the rails toward his forte, the jumps.

Gerard, at 17 the youngest in the men's competition, landed a ideal backside triple cork 1440 on his final run.

Canadian athletes came close, but failed to reach the podium on the first day medals were handed out in South Korea.

Parrot put down a near-flawless run as the last rider to go down, but it wasn't good enough to knock Gerard off the top spot. "I never really realized how big it is".

Eleven months ago Mark McMorris was fighting for his life after breaking 17 bones and suffering a collapsed lung and ruptured spleen in a snowboarding accident. I mean, are you kidding me?

"I didn't think I'd ever snowboard again when I was laying there after I hit that tree", he said. "That is what I will take away from today, but of course I would have preferred a better result".

The event started nearly 40 minutes late due to a "technical maintenance" issue, however, the competitors did not seem concerned by the delay or the foggy conditions as they produced some stunning runs across the slope, featuring three rails at the start before three jumps.

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