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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sportsman of the Week Ending 2/11/2018

The Winter Olympics kicked off over the weekend and there are already new world superstars.  Youth conquers all, at least in the Men's Slopestyle.  A newcomer to the Olympics (especially since he was only 13 the last time it was held) shocked the field to win the first American Gold Medal.  Redmond ("Red") Gerard nailed an 87.16 to vault from 10th place to the gold medal on his absolute last run.  After sub-50 scores on his first two runs, it was as if he just relaxed and resorted to the skills he honed on the slopes near Silverthorne, CO.  His final two jumps were a 1080-degree jump off the quarterpipe side of the kicker, then a backside triple-cork 1440.  Gold won.  Gerard beat veteran Canadian boarders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris by fewer than two points to bump them down to the silver and bronze respectively.  This is just the start of what should be a multi-Olympic career.  But Red Gerard is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!

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