The Medal Stand: Pyeongchang 2018, days 1 & 2

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Red Gerard, gold-medal victor in men's slopestyle final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 11. The 17-year-old Gerard, the youngest in the competition, landed a ideal backside triple cork 1440 on his final run and despite Parrot landing the same trick on the final run of the day the judges favoured the American.

Gerard, 17, also became the youngest U.S. men's Olympic champion since 1928 with his victory in slopestyle, with Canada's Max Parrot taking the silver.

He's the second-youngest male ever to claim Winter Olympic gold for the United States, and youngest in 90 years.

After a decent opener in the three-run final, McMorris nailed a backside triple 1620 on the last jump of his second run. McMorris was edged out by compatriot Max Parrot for the silver medal. - Italian figure skater Carolina Kostner said four straight Winter Games are not enough to rid her of the child-like wonder of competing in the Olympic Winter Games. "I can not believe what just happened.That was enough for me just to land a run, so to get first is insane".

The Olympic cauldron was lit, the man from Tonga made his triumphant return and the 2018 Winter Games have officially begun.

"I don't want to think too much about the past today, but I appreciate the fact I'm here on my snowboard", he smiled.

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Gerard was in last place before he strapped on his board for a third and final run. "I'm shaking right now, maybe from the cold, or from the excitement, I don't know", he said, just after finishing his third run on Sunday.

The actual country was banned from participating from this year's games. It was one of the highest-scoring rail sections of the day. It's the second medal for McMorris, who put up a score of 85.20, narrowly behind Parrot's 86.00. He is also the second-youngest man to win a medal in an individual event. "So I'm pretty stoked". Whenever I am sad I always go make myself smile again. Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ont., was seventh and Sebastien Toutant of L'Assomption, Que., was 11th.

A day of extremes started with a surprise natural disaster alert, after a magnitude 4.7 quake rattled eastern South Korea, with its epicenter about 260km from the Games.

Now teenage snowboarder has left an indelible mark on the 2018 edition in South Korea.

The big air finals are set for February 23-24 at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre.

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