It's Red Gerard, white and blue — and bullion — in slopestyle snowboarding

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Winning a Olympics was never his dream. Until snowboarder Red Gerard was station atop a Olympic slopestyle march watchful to take his third and final run on Sunday afternoon, after carrying depressed on his initial dual attempts and ranked 11th of 12 riders, he hadn’t felt a distance of a Olympics. He hadn’t gifted a nerves everybody told him could derail his runs. He overtly didn’t know what all a bitch was about. Until he did.

“I started feeling nervous,” Gerard said. “I came all a approach out here and we usually wanted to land a run.”

After a few difference of support from his Burton group manager, Frankie Chapin, Gerard forsaken into a march that competence as good have been built for him. Its vast rail options played to his strong, resourceful rail riding, and his second burst underline enclosed a quarterpipe choice he was a usually supplement in a competition to use.

“The whole approach by a march we was holding it underline by feature, all a approach to a end,” Gerard said. “In a atmosphere on a final jump, we was thinking, ‘Don’t blow it. Let’s not hurt it on a final jump.”

When Parrot’s measure of 86 flashed on a video shade during a bottom of a course, a Gerard family entertaining section, that enclosed his parents, 6 siblings and a smattering of poignant others and cousins, erupted in a carol of “Red-mond! “Red-mond! U-S-A!”

Cleveland Browns beanie. He and Gerard’s mom, Jen, grew adult in Cleveland, and nonetheless they changed a family to a Rocky Mountains a decade ago, he pronounced their roots are still in Ohio.

“Sixteen-and-0 proud,” Conrad Gerard said, indicating to his top in anxiety to a Browns’ 0-16 record final season. “We had large amounts of people texting and job and revelation us they were carrying parties to watch Red today. we wanted him to land a run for himself, for his certainty and well-being, though for all of them too.

“Red didn’t get to knowledge as most of Cleveland as my comparison kids, though that’s who we are. We’re Clevelanders. This is surreal. My child usually won an Olympic bullion medal.”

With that, Conrad Gerard satisfied that his second-youngest son had finally given Cleveland a reason to reason a celebratory march in February.

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