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RAD Gerard: 5 Things To Know About Red Gerard

What a kid. Redmond Gerard is the first American gold medalist in the 2018 Winter Olympics, AND the youngest American male to medal at the Winter Olympics since 1928, AND the first medalist born in the 21st century.

“It’s a little bit hard to believe, that’s for sure,” Gerard told ESPN. “I’m just absolutely just mind-blown. I can’t believe everything worked out.”

Competing in the slopestyle and big air events for the USA in PyeongChang, here’s FIVE fresh facts about the snowboarding phenom:

5. Big Air, Big Family

The sixth of seven children, Gerard was born in Rocky River, Ohio (in 2000) to parents Conrad and Jen Gerard, has four brothers –- Brendan, Creighton, Malachi and Trevor –- and two sisters, Tieghan and Asher, according to NBC Sports.

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4. Has A Terrain Park In His Backyard 

When he was seven years old, Red’s family moved to Breckenridge, Colorado where they built a terrain park in their backyard.

3. He’s Humble

In his post-victory press conference, Red said he’s “starting to get how big the Olympics is.”  And what does he plan to say to his giant family now that he’s a gold medalist?? “Uh … yoo hoo? We did it?”

2. Dude, Where’s My Jacket?

The day he won gold, Gerard woke up late and had to borrow a jacket from his roommate, fellow Olympian snowboarder Kyle Mack (according to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan.)

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1. Dropped An F-Bomb On Live T.V.

After securing the gold, the teenager was caught on camera covering his goggles with his gloves and uttering “Holy F—!”

No worries, Red — YEW earned that F-bomb!


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