Celebrity Insider reported last week that the 17-year-old snowboarder, Red Gerard, took home the first gold medal for Team USA during the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this year. In an interview with Us Weekly, reporters from the organization exposed a particular side to his personality some may not have expected.
Even though on the surface level he seems to have his game under control, he wasn’t always that way. At times, the stress of competing got to him. When talking about the pressure which comes from high-level competition, Red, 17, revealed he has “gotten better about it for sure.”
Gerard said, “back in the day,” he would get nervous, but he’s got over that phase. Or perhaps, a better way of putting it is that he has learned how to deal with those emotions.
Gerard claims he “just hangs with it,” and because of his arduous training schedule, everything falls into place. As you may know, the snowboarder was the youngest to ever take home a gold medal for the US.
On Saturday, February 10th, Gerard defeated his competition following a slow start. After busting out unprecedented moves in front of the judges, they gave him a score of 87.16 in total.
Previously, the Colorado-born-and-raised athlete spoke with reporters from the publication and revealed what his family would do if he won. Red claimed he and his family would “have a nice dinner,” and would “take it nice and easy.”
However, they were doing a lot more than just “having a nice dinner” the day of his competition. The 17-year-old said he saw a video of his family shotgunning beers at 8:30 in the morning, so he was sure they would be “doing just fine.”
On the 21st of February, Gerard will hit the slopes once again for the big air segment of the snowboarding sector. Check out the Olympics on NBC to see how he performs.