And now, the most improbable Red to reach the pinnacle of his sport, 17-year-old Red Gerard, who on Sunday stunned the world in snowboard slopestyle and delivered the USA's first gold medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Canada's Max Parrot reacts after completing his run in the men's slopestyle finals at Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang, South Korea on February 11, 2018.
Parrot put down a near-flawless run as the last rider to go down, but it wasn't good enough to knock Gerard off the top spot. Despite two forgettable runs that landed him in 11th place out of the 11 competitors, the teen pulled through in his final Slopestyle run with a Backside triple cork 1440 that earned him an impressive score of 87.17 and a gold medal. Teenager Red Gerard created his own piece of Olympics' history after winning the men's snowboarding slopestyle.
"I was really happy when I saw I came in as first", said Gerard.
'I think we got a break in the third run, which was really nice, but the first two runs were pretty hard'.
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After strong performances in yesterday's qualifying rounds of men's snowboard slopestyle at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, Canada is poised for a strong showing in the finals Saturday evening.
The teenage snowboarder said a year ago that he didn't really think about the Olympics.
"The wind [on] the first two runs [was] really bad, and I just got pretty lucky on my third run", he said.
Just a few days prior, Gerard told the assembled press at a news conference, "I don't even know what the Olympics is".
Mark McMorris completed his remarkable comeback from injury and was in a gold medal position heading into the final run. "My son just won an Olympic gold medal". "The rails were tight, but we all have to ride the same course and adapt", said USA rider Ryan Stassel, who fell in both of his runs in the first heat. McMorris's score of 85.20 left him just behind Canadian teammate Max Parrot and gold medallist Redmond Gerard of the United States. "I never realized how big this is". Known for his innovative rail tricks, his line was one of the most imaginative of the day.
The event started nearly 40 minutes late due to a "technical maintenance" issue, however, the competitors did not seem concerned by the delay or the foggy conditions as they produced some stunning runs across the slope, featuring three rails at the start before three jumps.