Teenage snowboarder wins America's first gold medal at Pyeongchang 2018

The Olympics might miss Sage Kotsenburg but the Park City snowboarder isn’t exactly missing them

Canada's Max Parrot, the top qualifier, stomped his tricks in the final run of the contest, but it wasn't enough to unseat Gerard. After his first-place score of 87.16 flashed, and with a handful of riders still up top, there was 17-year-old shredder Red Gerard kibitzing with none other than IOC President Thomas Bach.

Gerard preserved the American streak of winning gold in slopestyle, which was added to the Olympics schedule in 2014.

A teenager has won the first USA medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics, and it's gold.

Team USA was obviously not going to be shut out of the gold medal count for the 2018 Winter Olympics, but it's still nice to get one on the board.

Figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva has the world at her feet.

"Everyone in the contest was anxious about the wind and stuff", said Gerard's friend and Olympic roommate, Kyle Mack, who loaned Gerard his jacket as the winner-to-be rushed out the door shortly after a 6 a.m. wake-up call. The siblings danced to a medley of Perez Prado songs.

US champion Bradie Tennell did not disappoint in her Olympic debut, skating a clean routine to score a personal best, but it was Medvedeva who stole the headlines.

Sage Kotsenburg of Park City competes in the men's slopestyle finals at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. Kotsenburg won the gold medal with a score of 93.50
Teenage snowboarder wins America's first gold medal at Pyeongchang 2018

It turned out the men's slopestyle event was on a 30-minute tape-delay.

While the Winter Olympics air on NBC and these events get more publicity, you'll end up discovering new events.

American teenager Maame Biney advanced safely through to the quarterfinals of the short track 500 meters, and she lit up when talking about her first Olympic experience. "I was able to watch Mark [McMorris, a fellow Canadian snowboarder] land the most hard run of the day, but it wasn't clean, and he was scored really low because of it". "I guess it's always been my thing".

"I still feel like a little girl - privileged and honored to be here".

Biney was born in Ghana and moved to the U.S.as a 5-year-old. Athletes have to ski 15 kilometers followed by the same distance speed skating. But the moment was too important to be overshadowed by a loss.

The Canadian pair finishes its round-robin play Sunday against South Korea before playing in the semifinals on Monday. I think the judges really liked that. One viewer wrote, "Wow watching Red Gerard go from 11th place to winning the gold gave me chills!"

In mixed doubles curling, Winnipeg's Lawes and Ottawa's Morris continued their tear through the round-robin, thumping Switzerland 7-2 before routing the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation 8-2 to improve to 5-1.

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