He paid tribute to the support of 18 family members who turned out to cheer him on to the first usa gold medal of the Olympics. And that's where his fans were watching from a bar. The phenom snowboarded edged out a pair of Canadians to take home gold.
United States' Redmond Gerard became the first Winter Olympics gold medallist born this millennium with a surprise snowboard slopestyle gold medal on day two of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. He took the silver medal, thanks in large part to a shocking final run from Germany's Felix Loch.
In figure skating's team event, national champion Tennell led Team USA delivering a stellar performance where she receieved a score of 68.94 in the short program, her best all year. US siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani were in second place in the pairs dancing of the competition.
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Slopestyle was one of the events that did not fall victim to high winds yesterday, when the showpiece men's downhill skiing was aborted until Thursday. He said his choice of music for his runs - yes, the competitors can listen to music on earphones while riding - said it all: "My first run was very determined music, and my second run was more like tropical music, just really happy, you know?", he said.
With youth on his side and in 11th place out of 11 athletes left vying for the medals, the teenager could easily have been dismissed as having arrived at the Olympics a few years too early. "I guess it's always been my thing". I don't like feeling sad. The Olympics are airing on NBC. "There are a lot of creative lines up there", said Gerard, who boasts a finish corral cheering section of 14-plus boisterous friends and family in South Korea, waving giant pictures of his face alongside American flags. He thought, briefly, about taking the main jump, but said his spin - a double-cork 1080 - off the main hit would not impress the judges.
Snowboarding action at Pyeongchang 2018 is scheduled to continue tomorrow.