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Persistent wind alters another Olympic event; women's slopestyle qualifying round canceled

12 February 2018

Max Parrot of Canada celebrates his silver medal in the men's snowboard slopestyle final at the Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. On Saturday afternoon, the 17-year-old from Silverthorne, Colorado, became the lone US rider to qualify into Sunday's snowboard slopestyle finals, while his mom, dad and all six of his siblings cheered him on from the friends and family section at the bottom of the course.

"You know, just landing a run in general and then being lucky enough to get on the podium and then to win is insane", Gerard explained.

The win was a dramatic one. after falling on his first two runs and dropping to 11th place. Gerard's score of 87.16 is what won him the gold, and it came after a shaky run in the first heat with some sketchy landings.

Slopestyle snowboarder Red Gerard poses with fans after the first of his second qualifying run at the PyeongChang Olympics on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

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Gerard took first place in the men's slopestyle snowboarding event.

The start list is in reverse order of qualifying, so Parrot will go last in each of the three runs, with top score determining the victor. The three diverse sections of rails - maybe the most archetypal Olympic feature of these PyeongChang Games - play to 17-year-old Gerard's strengths.

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"I think I was just a little bit nervous (at first)", Gerard said.

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"I told Red before he went out to compete this morning, 'Just ride like you're having fun with your brothers, '" Jen told Alyssa Roenigk of ESPN The Magazine. "I just kind of grew up watching Dew Tour and X Games".

Gerard, Parrot and McMorris stood near one another waiting for Parrot's score to post. "I had a lot of pressure and my heart was beating really fast before starting on the course". Did you see his gold medal-winning Slopestyle run?

"The rails are really high", Parrot said.

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.

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Persistent wind alters another Olympic event; women's slopestyle qualifying round canceled