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He became the second-youngest gold medal victor in an individual men's event at the Winter Games, behind only Finn Toni Nieminen, who won the ski jumping aged 16 in 1992. "We are playing good, consistent curling and grinding out some good wins", Morris said. "I competed to feel the magic of the Olympics", Medvedeva said.
The Regina snowboarder was hospitalized last March after a backcountry crash near Whistler, unsure that his career would continue because his injuries were so severe.
What followed was an arduous recovery process, including 10 days in the hospital, a liquid diet that lasted six weeks and hours of daily physical therapy.
Like Kotsenburg in 2014, Gerard used his own unique flair to top a field of more decorated riders.
"I'm just really glad to be able to snowboard, and to snowboard at this level", he said after qualifying.
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Not to be outdone by his compatriot, Parrot impressed in his second run to claim first place from McMorris.
Gerard later passed McMorris with 87.16 points in his final attempt. McMorris fell in his final trip down the course. "I'm pretty sure I saw a video of them shotgunning beers at 8:30 a.m., so I'm pretty sure they are doing just fine".
Gerard, 17, was propping up the competition coming into his third and final run, but having struggled for speed in runs one and two, strung together a jaw-dropping combination of tricks that culminated in an electrifying backside triple cork 1440.
"If there is one thing I can be proud of is that I reached the final of the 1,500 meters for a third time in four Games".
"When you look at the individual distances on the men's side, there is not a lot of back-to-back medals", Hamelin said. "I never really realized how big it is". Kyle Mack, another USA rider, was putting together a great run when he crashed on the final jump.
Gerard had not won the gold medal yet - the event's three favorites were still to come. On Sunday he won Olympic bronze.
He broke his femur at a competition two years later and again returned earlier than expected.