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

Here’s your first look at the Olympic slopestyle course in Pyeongchang      
    Here’s your first look at the Olympic slopestyle course in Pyeongchang

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.

When Rocky River native Red Gerard won the gold medal in men's Olympic slopestyle snowboarding, many were surprised the 17-year-old did so well in an event stacked with talent.

The win was a dramatic one. after falling on his first two runs and dropping to 11th place.

Seventeen-year-old Red Gerard, from Silverthorne, Colorado, in his debut Olympics, won the men's slopestyle snowboarding competition.

While the Winter Olympics air on NBC and these events get more publicity, you'll end up discovering new events.

Snowboarders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris got things started claiming silver and bronze, respectively, in men's slopestyle.

Speaking to reporters straight after his second run, Corning said he believes his run matched those of his competitors who did qualify. At just 17 years old, Gerard becomes the youngest US snowboarder ever to win an Olympic medal, and the youngest snowboarding gold medalist of any nation since the sport was adding to the Olympic program 20 years ago.

Gerard had to recover from a poor start to the Men's Slopestyle final, but stomped his final run. "I'm pretty sure I saw a video of them shotgunning beers at 8:30 a.m., so I'm pretty sure they are doing just fine". It was her 11th medal - six gold, four silver and a bronze.

"And I think all of a sudden it's just like I got my first sponsor, Burton, and then I don't know, it's just kind of into it at that point", he continued.

He had earlier managed just 43.33 points in his first run and 46.40 in his second.

After struggling with the second of three large jumps on the course, Gerard, who is listed at a full 117 pounds, finally stuck the switch 1260 that he'd failed to land in his previous two trips down the course. "My kid just won an Olympic gold medal".

The start list is in reverse order of qualifying, so Parrot will go last in each of the three runs, with top score determining the victor. "I felt like it was a good run". Gerard has done a great job at making some memories and setting records the first night of the Olympics. McMorris is competing less than a year after suffering numerous serious injuries in a backcountry crash. He will be in action February 20 in the qualifying round for the Big Air snowboarding competition, which is making its Olympic debut.

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