RED GERARD WINS FIRST OLYMPIC QUALIFIER EVENT

Red Gerard wins Slopestyle at the U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth | P: U.S. Snowboarding

Red Gerard wins Slopestyle at the U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth | P: U.S. Snowboarding

Red Gerard showed up big to the U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth on Sunday with a solid winning run during the Slopestyle event! This was not only the first major victory for the 16 year old Summit County local, but it also landed him a spot to compete at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang. His score of  87.95 was more than enough to earn the victory and was full of technical tricks. His highest scoring run of the day was a 270 front board, crippler stalefish, boardslide, air to fakie, cab boardslide, backflip, front 9, switch back 1260 tail, and a big front 10 indy.

Men's Slopestyle Podium L to R: Dylan Thomas, Red Gerard, Kyle Mack | P: U.S. Snowboarding

Men's Slopestyle Podium L to R: Dylan Thomas, Red Gerard, Kyle Mack | P: U.S. Snowboarding

This was the first Olympic Qualifying Event for the 2018 Olympics and Gerard was able to overcome the pressure and weather conditions to lay down a clean run. Extreme low light conditions existed during the event, making it very difficult to see the landings but that didn't slow him down. He had this to say concerning the weather "It's definitely pretty flat light, when I was in the rail section I was like this jump section is going to be gnarly, I'm terrified right now. It turned out to be fine, just trust your landing and trust your skills and you're good to go."

Snagging second place was Kyle Mack, who recently moved to Summit County, and third place went to Dylan Thomas. Mack layed down a great run that earned him a score of 77.05 and Thomas' best run of the day earned him a 73.95. Eric Willett, Breckenridge local, also made the final and placed tenth.

 

Women's Slopestyle Podium L to R: Julia Marino, Jamie Anderson, Hailey Langland | P: U.S. Snowboarding

Women's Slopestyle Podium L to R: Julia Marino, Jamie Anderson, Hailey Langland | P: U.S. Snowboarding

On the Women's Slopestyle side of the Grand Prix, Jamie Anderson earned the victory with another smooth run that she is known for laying down. Her best run of the day scored an 80.25. Second place went to Hailey Langland with a solid run that gave her a score of 77.40, and Julia Marino layed down a run that landed her third place with a score of 71.85. The U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth showcased solid riding all day from the Women and the Men, as the riders were willing to lay it all on the line.