Gerard wins first USA gold of Games

Max Parrot of Canada during his first qualification run in the snowboard men’s slopestyle event.
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The 17-year-old, who first hit the slopes as a toddler at Brandywine and Boston Mills, qualified for the finals last night with a score of 82.55, fourth-best among the 12 competitors who advanced. He was in 11th place heading into his third run, but he executed it perfectly, essentially doubling his score with an 87.16 score, which was good enough to beat Canadian Mark McMorris, who was leading with 85.20.

"I haven't had time for it to sink in yet", Gerard told reporters minutes after the final result.

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Speaking to Reuters before the Olympics, McMorris had said the injuries had given him a new outlook on life. McMorris fell in his final trip down the course. His slopestyle title marks a triumphant start to his Olympic career, which began in Pyeongchang for this year's Winter Games.

Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ontario finished just off the podium and ended with a 76.41, which he scored in his second run. Afterwards, Parrot admitted to feeling the pressure going into the final run of the morning. "I had to land this run so the pressure was at its maximum level but I think I dealt pretty well with it", Parrot told reporters.

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