New Delhi: Redmond Gerard, who hails from America, won the snowboard slopestyle event to became the second youngest gold medalist in an individual men’s event at the Winter Olympics. Toni Nieminen of Finland remains the youngest men’s gold medalist, having won the individual large hill event in ski jumping in 1992 at the age of 16.

Gerard, 17, convinced the jury with his unconventional choice of route in the slopestyle final and got 87.16 points to win America’s first gold in PyeongChang. 

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“It was awesome. I just told myself that I want to land a run and I was a little bummed on my first two runs because I fell a couple of times,” Gerard said. “I’m just so happy that it all worked out.”

Gerard preserved the American streak of winning gold in slopestyle, which was added to the Olympics schedule in 2014.

“It feels incredible. I’m just really happy that I got to land a run and I’m just really excited right now,” Gerard added.

Canadian Max Parrot took the silver with his final run of 86.00 and compatriot Mark McMorris got the bronze in 85.20. (With IANS inputs)