Teenage snowboarder wins America's first gold medal at Pyeongchang 2018


Teenage snowboarder wins America's first gold medal at Pyeongchang 2018

Team USA was obviously not going to be shut out of the gold medal count for the 2018 Winter Olympics, but it's still nice to get one on the board.

"It's my first Olympic medal, so it's a little check next to that", said Parrot. The Silverthorne, Colo. resident put down one of the most hard and creative runs of the qualifying heats to punch a ticket to the finals on February 11. After his final run, with a score of 87.16, there were four more riders to go. "I can't believe it all worked out".

Mens snowboard slopestyle finals are 10 a.m. Sunday.

Gerard competes in the men's snowboard slopestyle finals. "I can not believe what just happened.That was enough for me just to land a run, so to get first is insane".

Meanwhile, Canada's John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes qualified for the semifinals of the mixed doubles curling event with lopsided wins over Switzerland and the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.

Gerard, who at 17 was the youngest competitor in the field, had been sitting in last place after his first two runs. Germany leads all countries with two gold.

The 34-year-old is a bit of a Renaissance man, excelling not only in shirtlessness but in taekwondo; his Summer Olympics sport, and cross-country skiing, his Winter Olympics sport.

With that, Conrad Gerard realized that his second-youngest son had finally given Cleveland a reason to hold a celebratory parade in February. "Red took a big risk and it paid off". McMorris fell in his final trip down the course, a slight under-rotation on his last jump doing him in.

In women's short-track, Canada qualified for Tuesday's 3,000-metre relay final, while Marianne St-Gelais of Saint-Felicien, Que., and Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que., qualified for the quarterfinals in the 500 metres. Teammate Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa was seventh in 4:04.26. "When he does good then I want to do good and I am sure it is vice-versa for him", McMorris said after the event. Explanation? I have no idea. "I was puking. I thought I was going to die - literally".

But Canada's Mark McMorris staked an early claim for the most inspirational story of the Games with his slopestyle bronze - just 11 months after a near-fatal crash.

That left the bronze to McMorris, who admits to being lucky to be alive following a crash in Whistler, Canada, past year which left him with 17 broken bones, a collapsed lung and ruptured spleen.

Parrot, 23, from Cowansville, Quebec, pulled off a stunning third run at Phoenix Park to finish in second with 86 points even.

His third run definitely wasn't a bummer. Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ont., was fifth in the second heat with 79.21 points.

American figure skaters have made it to the next round of the team event.

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