Team USA opened the scoring their medals Olympics in Pyeongchang after the sensational victory of 17-year-old red Gerard in snowboarding.
“It’s a kind of madness. I still can’t believe it, ‘ said Gerard “Voice of America”. I was already glad to be able to perform all the landing and get on the podium. In full ecstasy now.”
To win a gold medal Gerard could only thanks to a final attempt, before which he occupied only 11 place.
“Before this attempt was only thinking about how to land. Anything else – says the athlete from Ohio, who lives and trains in Colorado. – Happy that everyone was able to do.”
For their last passage on the Olympic track Ed Gerrard got from the judges assessment 87.16 – speaking after his favorites, Canadians Max Parrot and mark McMorris, exceed this result are unable.
“They were all happy. We are all friends, so we celebrated a successful landing,” says Gerard the correspondent of “voice of America”.
The discipline “slopestyle”, which debuted at the Olympic games in Sochi, opened the snowboard program of the Games-2018.
Competitions in slopestyle consists of a run on the track of acrobatic tricks and jumps of various shapes, such as ramps, rails and pyramids.
The best result with red Gerard to Olympic success was winning the world Cup in Colorado, USA.
The athlete made his debut at the professional level in 2015 at the world Cup in New Zealand.
In the biography of Gerard on the website of the Olympic games in Pyeongchang reported that at the end of his career he wants or remain in the industry of snowboarding, or become a firefighter.
At the age of 17 years and 227 days Ed Gerrard became the second youngest winner in the individual disciplines of the winter Games after Finn Toni Nieminen. In 1992 at the Olympics in Albertville Nieminen, who was 16 years and 261 day, won the gold medal in ski jumping.
Another unique achievement – Gerrard became the first Olympic champion born after January 1, 2000.