Red Gerard poses on the podium after the snowboarding men's slopestyle finals at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Gerard, who at 17 was the youngest competitor in the field, had been sitting in last place after his first two runs.
Gerard, 17, also became the youngest usa men's Olympic champion since 1928 with his victory in slopestyle, with Canada's Max Parrot taking the silver. Gerards gold is the first Team USA medal in Pyeongchang. The pair finished behind Redmond Gerard of the US who won gold with his best score of 87.16.
Two-time U.S. Olympic snowboarder and Rigby native Jessika Jenson did not get to compete in womens slopestyle qualifiers on time as weather delayed the competition at the Post Registers Saturday deadline, but her teammate Red Gerard had quite a day.
In a snowboarding accident previous year, McMorris broke 17 bones and suffered a collapsed lung and ruptured spleen, leaving him fighting for his life.
"I think my secret is that I'm really enjoying the sport and I really love what I'm doing".
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His Colorado counterpart, Chris Corning - raised in Arvada but now calling Silverthorne home, too - just missed qualifying for the final despite a solid first run of two qualifying attempts.
He had earlier managed just 43.33 points in his first run and 46.40 in his second. "I know I can do better".
The 18-year-old Corning, who had to wait more than half an hour to start due to weather, was curious about the judging, wondering if he should have scored higher.
Parrot, 23, from Cowansville, Quebec, pulled off a stunning third run at Phoenix Park to finish in second with 86 points even.
Medals will be awarded in the women's slopestyle event. Known for his innovative rail tricks, his line was one of the most imaginative of the day. "I got a break in the wind and somehow made it through".
Earlier Sunday, strong winds forced the postponement of the showpiece men's downhill alpine skiing race, and a shallow 4.6 magnitude natural disaster jolted parts of eastern South Korea.
Andrew Musgrave secured the best Winter Olympics result by a British cross-country skier with seventh as Norway claimed a clean sweep of the 30-kilometres skiathlon podium on day two in Pyeongchang.