(NBC) – For the second Olympics in a row, the first U.S. medal of the Winter Olympics has come in men’s snowboard slopestyle.
And once again, it was an upset.
Red Gerard, a 17-year-old from Colorado, was sitting in last place heading into the third and final run. Like many riders, he had struggled to land a clean run on his first two attempts. But he delivered when the pressure was on.
During his run, Gerard’s creativity was on full display, as he repeatedly used features of the course that other riders were ignoring.
In the second rail section, he transferred over the hitching post with a stylish, tweaked-out indy air before doing a 50-50 to tailslide to 270 out combo on the rail.
On the first jump, he landed a switch backside 1260 on the angled jump, spinning against the natural direction of travel in the air for added difficulty.
On the second jump, he opted to do a double cork off the quarterpipe takeoff instead of the traditional jump that other riders were using.
Then on the final jump, Gerard stomped a clean backside triple cork 1440 to put an exclamation point on his run.
1. Red Gerard (USA), 87.16
2. Max Parrot (CAN), 86.00
3. Mark McMorris (CAN), 85.20
4. Stale Sandbech (NOR), 81.01
5. Carlos Garcia Knight (NZL), 78.60
6. Marcus Kleveland (NOR), 77.76
7. Tyler Nicholson (CAN), 76.41
8. Torgeir Bergrem (NOR), 75.80
9. Niklas Mattsson (SWE), 74.71
10. Seppe Smits (BEL), 69.03
11. Sebastien Toutant (CAN), 61.08
12. Mons Roisland (NOR), DNS
NBCOlympics.com will be streaming every round of every competition live online. Here’s how to watch all upcoming live streams for snowboard slopestyle and halfpipe.
Women’s Slopestyle Qualifying: Sat 2/10, 11:30 p.m. ETLIVE STREAM
Women’s Slopestyle Final: Sun 2/11, 8:00 p.m. ETLIVE STREAM
Women’s Halfpipe Qualifying: Sun 2/11, 11:30 p.m. ETLIVE STREAM
Women’s Halfpipe Final: Mon 2/12, 8:00 p.m. ETLIVE STREAM
Men’s Halfpipe Qualifying: Mon 2/12, 11:00 p.m. ETLIVE STREAM
Men’s Halfpipe Final: Tues 2/13, 8:30 p.m. ETLIVE STREAM