Red Gerard, a 17-year-old snowboarder, captured the first medal for the U.S. at the Winter Olympics.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — On Day 2 of the Winter Olympics, Team USA finally claimed its first medal.
Red Gerard didn’t need much time Sunday to win the USA’s first medal of these Olympics.
The 17-year-old snowboarder captured gold with a dominant final run Sunday morning to launch the U.S. team in the medal standings. It’s the second consecutive Olympics in which a men’s slopestyle rider has won the first U.S. medal, following Sage Kotsenburg’s victory in Sochi.
A few hours after Gerard’s victory, his U.S. teammate, Jamie Anderson, was set to begin qualifying in women’s slopestyle, but that competition was postponed because of high winds. The women will have a two-run final Monday, with no qualifying runs. Anderson is the 2014 Olympic gold medalist in the event and a favorite again here.
In the team figure skating event, the U.S. remained in third place behind Canada and Olympic Athletes from Russia. The medals will be awarded Monday after the free skates for men, women and ice dance.
The U.S. team will have other strong chances to add to its medal tally later Sunday. In men’s luge, Chris Mazdzer was in fourth place after the first two runs. He’ll have the final two runs starting at 8 p.m. (6 a.m. ET) for a shot at the podium.
In women’s moguls, three Americans have already qualified for the final: Jaelin Kauf, Keaton McCargo and Morgan Schild. Tess Johnson, 17, will also have a chance to reach the final with the second round of qualifying later Sunday.
Original Article: 2018 Winter Olympics medal count: How Team USA is faring in Pyeongchang