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Canada Wins First Two Medals at Winter Games

12 February, 2018, 00:46 | Author: Joan Malone
  • PyeongChang general view slopestyle venue

At just 17 years old, Gerard becomes the youngest usa snowboarder ever to win an Olympic medal, and the youngest snowboarding gold medalist of any nation since the sport was adding to the Olympic program 20 years ago.

NBC was showing Gerard's second of three runs when the US Olympic Committee congratulated him for winning the first gold of the Olympics for the US. And with the pressure off for their second runs, both nailed huge scores - McMorris with an 86.83 and Parrot just eclipsing him at 87.31 - to set a standard before the medal runs.

Two-time U.S. Olympic snowboarder and Rigby native Jessika Jenson did not get to compete in womens slopestyle qualifiers on time as weather delayed the competition at the Post Registers Saturday deadline, but her teammate Red Gerard had quite a day.

And at the end of the night, Team USA's Chris Mazdzer became the first American to ever medal in men's singles luge. In a backcountry fall, he fractured his jaw, left arm, pelvis, multiple ribs, suffered a collapsed left lung and ruptured his spleen.

Team USA now holds two medals in the 2018 Winter Olympics, trailing Norway (with eight), the Netherlands (holding five), Germany and Canada (with four each).

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"I'm happy we had three days of practice because this course is insane", Gerard said.

However, it was Canada's Parrot who secured the highest scoring run of the second heat. "I felt like it was a good run". McMorris took third after putting up a score of 85.20 in his second run. His first two runs were in the mid to upper 40s.

Canadians Tyler Nicholson and Sebastien Toutant placed 7th and 11th respectively.

A day of extremes started with a surprise natural disaster alert, after a 4.7-magnitude quake rattled eastern South Korea, with its epicentre about 260 kilometres (160 miles) from the Games.

Most slopestyle competitors will also compete in the big air event in Pyeongchang, a new addition to the Olympic program for 2018. He has a chance at a second medal when he competes in big air on February 21.



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