Red Gerard Strikes Gold, Wins Snowboarding Slopestyle at 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang

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red gerard wins 2018 olympic snowboard slopestyle
red gerard wins 2018 olympic snowboard slopestyle
red gerard wins 2018 olympic snowboard slopestyle
red gerard wins 2018 olympic snowboard slopestyle
red gerard wins 2018 olympic snowboard slopestyle
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red gerard wins 2018 olympic snowboard slopestyle
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red gerard wins 2018 olympic snowboard slopestyle

On his third and final run, USA's 17-year-old Red Gerard posted the highest score of the day to take home the gold for men's snowboarding slopestyle at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Not only was he the youngest competitor in the field, but his accomplishment also marks the first gold medal for the United States in these PyeongChang games.

Canada's Max Parrot and Mark McMorris rounded out the podium with second and third respectively, bumping heavy favorite Stale Sandbech into fourth when it was all finished. Parrot and Red both posted their best runs of the day on their third and final, making it for quite the finish with the highest score not even breaking 90.

To a packed crowd at the bottom of the slope, fans from all the countries competing and more were going wild as the riders flew into eyesight on the last jump. Heavy hitters Marcus Kleveland, Tyler Nicholson, Torgeir Bergrem all put down runs but were not able to link them together clean enough to end up on the podium. With women's slopestyle up next, as well as pipe finals set for later this week, check back soon for your 2018 Winter Olympic coverage on TransWorld SNOWboarding.

Full Results below:

1. Red Gerard
2. Max Parrot
3. Mark McMorris
4. Stale Sandbech
5. Carlos Garcia Knight
6. Marcus Kleveland
7. Tyler Nicholson
8. Torgeir Bergrem
9. Niklas Mattsson
10. Seppe Smits
11. Sebastien Toutant
12. Mons Roisland (Did not compete due to injury in practice.)

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