2022 Winter Olympics – What you need to know about USA team snowboarder Red Gerard
Olympic snowboarder Redmond Gerard’s return to the Beijing Winter Olympics puts him in elite company. At 21, he is one of four snowboarders to return to the Winter Games after winning gold at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Chloe Kim (halfpipe), Shaun White (halfpipe) and Jamie Anderson (slopestyle) are the others (Gerard won gold in men’s slopestyle).
As these Winter Games approach, the snowboarding star is more than ready to establish herself as the best among her peers.
“I want my competitor to land a run, and I want it to be really good,” Gerard told CNBC in January. “I just want mine to do better.”
Here are some numbers on Gerard as he competes for a second gold medal:
17: Gerard was 17 when he won men’s slopestyle gold at the 2018 Winter Games, becoming the youngest snowboarder to do so in the past 90 years, according to Olympics.com.
2: Gérard started snowboarding at 2 years old, according to the American Skiing and Snowboarding. He started competing in the amateur ranks in 2011 and reached the professional circuit in 2016.
3: In four tries, the snowboarder from Colorado has won the United States Grand Prix three times in his career. His most recent win was in January, when he hit a straight 1,620 in his last run to score an 82.88.
87.28: Gerard was on his game in the Slopestyle of the 2018 United States Grand Prix. He scored an 87.28 to win the competition, just 0.72 points from a perfect score.