Winter Olympics: US teen Gerard just nails it!

Feb 12, 2018, 07:50 IST | AFP

Teen sensation Red Gerard nailed a tension-packed final jump yesterday to win the slopestyle snowboarding and become the first Winter Olympic medallist born this century

Teen sensation Red Gerard nailed a tension-packed final jump yesterday to win the slopestyle snowboarding and become the first Winter Olympic medallist born this century

Teen sensation Red Gerard nailed a tension-packed final jump yesterday to win the slopestyle snowboarding and become the first Winter Olympic medallist born this century. Aged 17 and 227 days, Gerard handed the US their first gold of the Pyeongchang Games with his slopestyle win, making him the youngest US Winter Olympic champion since 1928.

Gerard, born on June 29, 2000, also set a record for the youngest gold medallist in any snowboarding event that was held previously by Kelly Clark, the 2002 women's halfpipe champion at age 18 years and 199 days. The first medallist born in the 2000's, Gerard is also the youngest US man to win Winter Olympic gold since Billy Fiske, aged 16.

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