America’s Young Snowboard Champions

By: Zoe Pringle

The 2018 Winter Olympics commenced on Feb. 8 in PyeongChang, South Korea. So far, out of four U.S. gold medal wins, two of them are 17-year-old snowboarders. Out of the four snowboarding events thus far, America has snatched up the gold in all of them. Who are these young athletes?

Red Gerard, a 17-year-old from Colorado who stands at just 5’5”, was the first American to win a gold medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics. He beat out 11 other competitors, with a score of 87.16 out of 100 in the men’s slopestyle snowboarding event. Gerard gained his win like a typical American teenager: late and clumsily. According to CBS News, Gerard and his roommate, fellow U.S. team member Kyle Mack, stayed up late the night before the event watching Netflix. The next morning Gerard slept through his morning alarm clock. Luckily, his roommate woke him up. In a rush to leave, Gerard could not find his jacket, so he grabbed his roommates. It sounds like Mack deserves an award for helping Gerard earn his big win. In fashion with his teenage theme, Gerard screamed “Holy f***!” after his run, which was missed by the news station, and played across the U.S., uncensored.

A Southern Californian native whose parents are from South Korea, Chloe Kim, also exceeded expectations as the youngest in her halfpipe event. Kim won gold with a score of 89.25 out of 100. With a height of 5’3”, Kim stood tearfully on the podium after her win. While many related to Kim after her “hangry” tweet, and her peace signs thrown to her family members, Kim’s dad may have stolen the show. Immigrants from South Korea, Kim’s dad said in an interview that Kim is his “American dream,” melting the hearts of Americans across the country.

It seems that short stature, young age and an American upbringing are the secret ingredients to the recipe of a successful snowboarding event at the Olympics.


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