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Teen Gerard wins slopestyle snowboarding for USA's 1st gold

Teen Gerard wins slopestyle snowboarding for USA's 1st gold

Team Canada has won its first medals of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, a silver and a bronze medal, thanks to Mark McMorris and Max Parrot in slopestyle snowboard.

Redmond Gerard won the gold medal with 87.16 points. He could have tried to execute a series of much more hard tricks, but elected to be a little bit more cautious and put together a run that gave him a score of 85.2 points.

Gerard left it all until the final run, having bailed out of his first two attempts, and entered the final round in 10 placing in the 11-man final.

The gold medal went to the 17 year old American, Redmond Gerard.

That last boarder was Parrot, who adjusted his run after falling on the same trick during his first two runs. McMorris had 4.19 more points than Sandbech.

Canadian Mark Mcmorris was third with 85.20. Toutant and Parrot had yet to put together clean runs.

Parrot, who won a Dew Tour event in slopestyle just a couple of weeks ago, was still a little under the radar relative to McMorris, who was one of the stories of the Games just by being here.

It's a disappointing finish for Nicholson but his Olympic games are not finished yet.

McMorris has said this week that there were times during the long recovery that he wondered if he should stop snowboarding, but he couldn't imagine doing anything else.