Ohioan Red Gerard Wins United States' First Gold Medal of Pyeongchang Olympic Games

By Kevin Harrish on February 11, 2018 at 7:30 am
Red Gerard takes gold.

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Ohioans are making waves all the way in Pyeongchang.

17-year-old Red Gerard, originally from Rocky River, Ohio – just west of Cleveland – earned the United States its first gold medal of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Saturday, earning first-place in men's slopestyle snowboarding.

Gerard finished with a final score of 87.16 to edge out Canadians Max Parrot and Mark McMorris, and his family went justifiably nuts on the homefront.

Gerard now lives in Colorado – the hills are bigger there – but he still has family in the great state of Ohio, including his cousin Freddy Gerard, who is a junior forward on the No. 6 Ohio State men's hockey team, which downed top-ranked Notre Dame the same day Red won the gold.

Sounds like it's a family of champions.

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