United States Gets First Gold Medal as 17-Year-Old Red Gerard Honored at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Back-to-back Olympic men's Slopestyle golds for the USA.

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The United States might not currently be first in the medal count, but they did just go back-to-back in men's slopestyle.

Since the discipline’s inception into The Games last time around, the United States holds the only two gold in the men's category. Red Gerard followed up Sage Kotsenburg's dramatic gold medal finish from the 2014 Games with quite the finish of his own here at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Dropping on his third and final run, and putting down his cleanest line of the day. Check out his winning run:

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, but currently residing in Colorado, Gerard might be one of the youngest competitors out here, but he is sure handling the pressure with ease.

Casually chatting with Mark McMorris and Max Parrot throughout the ceremony, Red's life might have just changed, but his swagger hasn't. Already doubling followers on Instagram, Red and his family are quickly becoming America's new favorite crew.

Between cheering for the riders that dropped after him that could have unseated his position, or bashfully accepting his gold in disbelief, Red's win was not only an important story for the U.S. to rally behind, but it is a damn good thing for snowboarding. Easy style at such a young age -- we couldn't have asked for a better champion. Congrats Red!

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