Red Gerard just made a name for himself. In a report from Us Weekly, the 17-year-old, Red Gerard, just won the first gold medal for the American team in the 2018 Winter Olympics in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang.
On the 10th of February, Red took home the gold after a surprising upset where he initially began in last place.
After pulling off impressive moves, the judges gave him a score of 87.16 making him the youngest American ever to win a medal for snowboarding. Following his win, fans went on his Twitter page to commemorate his astonishing feat.
One person wrote, “Wow, I can’t believe you went from the last place to taking home the gold medal. You’re a truly astonishing kid! Good job, you made the USA proud.”
Another person comically wrote, “I bet your mother is proud of you! And at 17-years-old too!” Additionally, people praised his kind nature and said it “couldn’t have happened to a nicer snowboarder.”
Reportedly, Redmond, or Red, has been snowboarding since he was 2-years-old. Before the Olympics, a reporter from Us Weekly asked him what he would do if he won, and suggested a nice dinner with his six siblings.
However, according to Red, his family celebrated by “shotgunning beers at 8:30 am.” The 17-year-old Olympian admitted his family has been partying real hard ever since making it to South Korea. One can only imagine how happy his family is now that he’s won.
Before the event, Gerard said, “I’m pretty sure they are doing just fine.” We have to congratulate the young athlete for accomplishing so much; to win a Gold Medal at 17 is no small feat, and to be the first one of the Olympic Games is memorable.