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Red Gerard on winning gold medal: 'I'm feeling absolutely insane right now'

Red Gerard on winning gold medal: 'I'm feeling absolutely insane right now'

Snowboarder Red Gerard became the first American gold medal victor at the 2018 Winter Olympic on Saturday in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"It was awesome. I just told myself that I want to land a run and I was a little bummed on my first two runs because I fell a couple of times", Gerard said.

Wild winds disrupted the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Sunday as a 17-year-old American snowboarder made history by becoming the first Games gold medallist born this millennium. - Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer after winning his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the men's 5,000 meters.

Parrot wound up taking silver in the vent, while Mark McMorris, another Canadian, took bronze, Canada's first two medals of the event. Red Gerard, competing in the slopestyle snowboarding event, flipped and twirled his way to victory in a dizzying routine that bumped him from last place out of the eleven remaining athletes to first.

Gerard, at 17 the youngest in the men's competition, landed a flawless backside triple cork 1440 on his final run.

In a snowboarding accident past year, McMorris broke 17 bones and suffered a collapsed lung and ruptured spleen, leaving him fighting for his life.

"I think I like that better", said Toutant of the extra run in the finals.

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And on the sliding track, Calgary's Sam Edney sat fifth after the first two runs of men's luge competition.

Standing in his way is Norway's Johannes Thingnes Bo, the 26-year-old who has been battling him for honours from the start of the season, with the Frenchman gaining an edge heading into the Games. "I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow", Gerard said.

However, it was Canada's Parrot who secured the highest scoring run of the second heat. "I'm just happy it brings everyone together and we can have a good competition", he said.

"But I don't know, maybe it makes me a better person or stronger or maybe it helps people get through things too".

Red Gerard, born on June 29, 2000, celebrated a storming win in slopestyle, which also made him the second youngest individual victor in Games history.

The Canadian pair finishes its round-robin play Sunday against South Korea before playing in the semifinals on Monday. Gerard also will compete in the Big Air contest, which will be held February 24, the day before the Closing Ceremony.

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