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Here’s your first look at the Olympic slopestyle course in Pyeongchang      
    Here’s your first look at the Olympic slopestyle course in Pyeongchang

Gold medalist Redmond Gerard of the U.S., centre, celebrates with silver medalist Max Parrot, left, and bronze medalist Mark McMorris following the men's snowboard slopestyle final at the Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 11, 2018.

In his final run Sunday, Gerard triumphed over Canadians Max Parrot, who won the silver and Mark McMorris, who won a second bronze after Sochi four years ago.

After nailing his third and final slopestyle run to launch himself from eighth place to first, Red Gerard found himself surrounded by cheering teammates, coaches and perhaps loudest of all - his family.

McMorris had an advantage knowing the score he needed to put up in his final run, but the 2014 bronze medalist under-rotated on a jump and crashed, ensuring he couldn't overtake Gerard.

"I'm going to get a few more rotations hopefully at practice and step up the rail line a bit", McMorris said after the heats. That sucked because it was just from one stupid mistake and I wish I could take that back every day of my life.

The Gerards have to be the most relatable family of the Olympics thus far. The final three riders combined to win the last seven X Games slopestyle titles.

Gerard gave Team USA not only its first gold medal but the first medal of the 2018 Winter Games.

"At this point, I am happy with my result, but the performance was a bit tough, probably because it was my first time on the Olympic ice", she told the media.




The win preserves the USA streak of winning gold in slopestyle, which was added to the Olympics schedule in 2014.

Canada is on the board when it comes to medals at the Pyongchang Olympics.

"It's a little bit hard to believe, that's for sure", Gerard said.

Gerard said nothing as he waited for Parrot's score.

Gerard, Parrot and McMorris stood near one another waiting for Parrot's score to post. "I never realized how big this is". I mean, are you kidding me?

Meanwhile, Perrine Laffont became the first Frenchwoman to win the Olympic moguls title with victory in Pyeongchang.

"It's a duel that motivates me", said Fourcade, the 29-year-old French army officer.

Speaking of his very vocally supportive family he said: 'I can not wait to see them all and see what they have to say'.

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