The United States has their first medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Redmond Gerard won the gold medal in men's slopestyle snowboarding at the Phoenix Snow Park on Feb. 10. Gerard put down an excellent third run in the first snowboarding competition of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and posted a score of 87.16 points.
Gerard becomes the second American to win the Olympic gold medal in men's slopestyle snowboarding since it made its Olympic debut at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Four years ago, Sage Kotsenburg was the first Olympic men's slopestyle snowboarding champion.
Gerard defeated two Canadians to reach the top of the Olympic podium. The 2014 Olympic Winter X Games slopestyle snowboarding champion Max Parrot won the silver medal and 15-time Winter X Games medalist Mark McMorris won the bronze medal. It is the first time that two Canadian snowboarders shared the Olympic podium in a single event.
It is remarkable what Gerard has been able to accomplish only at 17 years old. He won the 2017 World Cup title in men's slopestyle snowboarding, leads the 2018 World Cup title and now is the youngest American Olympic snowboarding medalist ever.
On Feb.11, the United States won their second gold medal of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, as Jamie Anderson successfully defended her gold medal from four years ago in women's slopestyle snowboarding.
Anderson placed first in a two-run format. She put up a significant score of 83 points, that the field could not catch, and by the time she knew was set to go down for her second run, Anderson knew she was an Olympic gold medalist once again.
Anderson won in difficult weather conditions. The qualification on Feb. 10 was canceled because of poor weather, so the competition was dropped from three to two rounds, with all 25 competitors competing on Tuesday. Still, athletes had to deal with very high winds, which impacted the athletes while they were competing. Olympic silver medalist Laurie Blouin was competing with a black eye, which she suffered in a fall during a training accident.
The United States continued their excellence in snowboarding at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang with two American women on the podium in the women's halfpipe on Feb. 13. Chloe Kim won the gold medal with a remarkable score of 98.25 points, the best ever score in an Olympic women's halfpipe snowboarding final. At only 17 years of age, Kim became an Olympic gold medalist before she graduated from high school. American Arielle Gold reached the podium by 2.25 points over the veteran Kelly Clark, who won the gold medal in women's halfpipe snowboarding at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
In the men's halfpipe, the United States won their 100th gold medal in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. Shaun White, known as "The Flying Tomato," successfully landed back-to-back 1440s to begin his third run. For White, it was his third career gold medal (the most ever by a snowboarder in Olympic history) as he also won at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
In the men's snowboard cross at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Pierre Vaultier of France successfully defended his gold medal from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Regino Hernandez became only the third Spaniard ever to win a medal at the Olympic Winter Games with his bronze medal. Hernandez follows in the footsteps of Francisco Fernandez Ochoa, who won the gold medal in the men's slalom at the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo and his younger sister Blanca Fernandez Ochoa, who won the bronze medal in the women's slalom at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville. The top American was Nick Baumgartner in fourth place.
In the women's snowboard cross, Michela Moioli of Italy won the gold medal after winning the bronze medal at the last two World Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding Championships. American Lindsey Jacobellis reached the large final but finished a disappointing fourth place.
In the women's big air snowboarding event, Anna Gasser of Austria was the heavy gold medal favorite. The reigning X Games champion, World Cup champion and world champion, Gasser made Olympic history on Feb. 22 by becoming the first big air Olympic gold medalist in women's snowboarding. However, Gasser received very stiff competition from American Jamie Anderson, who made history herself by becoming the first woman to win two snowboarding medals at a single Olympic Winter Games. At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, American-born Vic Wild of Russia and Zan Kosir of Slovenia each won two medals in men's snowboarding. Anderson, who won the women's Olympic slopestyle snowboarding event in Pyeongchang, had the lead after the first two runs but was passed by Gasser when she posted a score of 96 points in the third run.
In men's big air snowboarding, Sebastien Toutant entered the event as the third-ranked Canadian behind Mark McMorris and Max Parrot. But McMorris and Parrot, who each won medals for Canada in men's slopestyle snowboarding at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, did not put together two clean runs and it was Toutant that struck gold. Meanwhile, Kyle Mack of the United States won silver. The United States won seven snowboarding medals at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, more than any other Olympic sport. Meanwhile, Billy Morgan became the first British man to win an Olympic snowboarding medal as he won bronze. The first British Olympic snowboarding medalist was Jenny Jones who won the bronze medal for Great Britain in women's slopestyle snowboarding at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
In the women's parallel giant slalom, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic made history by becoming the first woman to win a gold medal in two different sports at a single Olympic Winter Games. Ledecka also won the gold medal in the women's super giant slalom on Feb. 17. AXS Sports successfully predicted a gold medal for Ledecka and a bronze medal for Ramona Theresia Horfmeister of Germany.
In the men's parallel giant slalom, Nevin Galmarini of Switzerland won the gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang four years after the winning the Olympic silver medal in the men's parallel giant slalom in Sochi. Sang-ho Lee became the first South Korean all-time to win a medal in snowboarding as he won silver. Like Galmarini, Zan Kosir of Slovenia, who won the Olympic bronze medal in men's parallel giant slalom in Pyeongchang, was a repeat Olympic medalist as he won bronze in the men's parallel giant slalom and silver in men's parallel slalom at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Aaron Muss was the top American in 20th place. AXS Sports successfully predicted a gold medal for Galmarini.
Here are all the winners in the snowboarding events at the Winter Olympics 2018:
(results will be posted after every event)
GOLD: Redmond Gerard (United States) 87.16
SILVER: Max Parrot (Canada) 86.00
BRONZE: Mark McMorris (Canada) 85.20
GOLD: Jamie Anderson (United States) 83
SILVER: Laurie Blouin (Canada) 76.33
BRONZE: Enni Rukajarvi (Finland) 75.38
GOLD: Chloe Kim (United States) 98.25
SILVER: Jiayu Liu (China) 89.75
BRONZE: Arielle Gold (United States) 85.75
GOLD: Shaun White (United States) 97.75
SILVER: Ayumu Hirano (Japan) 95
BRONZE: Scott James (Australia) 92
Men's Snowboard Cross:
GOLD: Pierre Vaultier (France)
SILVER: Jarryd Hughes (Australia)
BRONZE: Regino Hernandez (Spain)
Women's Snowboard Cross:
GOLD: Michela Moioli (Italy)
SILVER: Julia Pereira de Sousa Mabileau (France)
BRONZE: Eva Samkova (Czech Republic)
Women's Big Air:
GOLD: Anna Gasser (Austria) 185
SILVER: Jamie Anderson (United States) 177.25
BRONZE: Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (New Zealand) 157.5
Men's Big Air:
GOLD: Sebastien Toutant (Canada) 174.25
SILVER: Kyle Mack (United States) 168.75
BRONZE: Billy Morgan (Great Britain) 168
Women's Parallel Giant Slalom:
GOLD: Ester Ledecka (Czech Republic)
SILVER: Selina Jorg (Germany)
BRONZE: Ramona Theresia Horfmeister (Germany)
Men's Parallel Giant Slalom:
GOLD: Nevin Galmarini (Switzerland)
SILVER: Sang-ho Lee (South Korea)
BRONZE: Zan Kosir (Slovenia)