The incredible story of Red Gerard, the teenage snowboard hero and America’s newest gold medalist

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The incredible story of Red Gerard, the teenage snowboard hero and America’s newest gold medalist

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Before 11:30 a.m. local time, the most precious metal grasped by a member of the Gerard family on Sunday was aluminum. Around their clan 18 strong was the detritus of a morning well-spent: emptied-and-crushed cans of Cass Light, Fitz and even a Budweiser, consumed to ease their nerves and celebrate their fortunes. Atop the slopestyle course at Phoenix Snow Park stood Red Gerard, the 17-year-old waif, their son, brother and cousin. Soon enough, he would add to that list another title: American Olympic star.

To the Gerards, all of this felt positively preordained, that those days watching him trundle down a hill as a 2-year-old or shred at 6 or hit magazines at 10 or bop around the rails in his backyard course at 13 were pieces of a prophecy. That he was special. Which is an unkind anchor to hang on any kid, though Red Gerard, who is a lot of things, is not just any kid.

He is a free spirit and an inveterate flirt and a bit of a weasel on the snow, snaking his 5-foot-5, 115-pound frame in and around those who dare to share it with him. And now he is an Olympic gold medalist, too, disregarding a blundered pair of runs to stomp his third and final try and take home the United States’ first medal of the PyeongChang Games.

The medal is not his alone. It is that of Conrad and Jen Gerard, who moved from Rocky River, Ohio, just outside Cleveland, to Colorado when…Read More

Lakeem Khodra
Lakeem Khodra
News Writer/Contributor at Tyranny News @lakeemk

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