The story of Purple Gerard’s path to Olympic glory simply retains getting crazier and crazier.
Gerard — the 17-year-old snowboarder from Silverthorne, Colo., who cursed on-air after incomes America’s first gold medal on the 2018 Winter Olympics — apparently has an equally wild household rooting him on from the sidelines.
“I’d say they’ve been having some enjoyable,” Gerard advised the press following his huge win. “Excuse me, however I obtained a Snapchat this morning at like eight:30 after I was taking a bus up, and so they have been all shotgunning beers on the way in which to the mountain.
“So I’d say they’ve been having an excellent time, sure.”
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Gerard first made headlines on the 2018 Video games after profitable gold on the males’s slopestyle snowboarding occasion on Sunday — even regardless of the madcap morning that instantly preceded his medal-winning efficiency. In line with The Wall Road Journal, Gerard practically slept by means of his alarm, and when he lastly obtained off the bed, he couldn’t discover his coat.
“I gave him my jacket and despatched him on his means,” mentioned Gerard’s roommate and fellow U.S. snowboarder Kyle Mack.
Later, through the competitors, Gerard additionally discovered himself in final place after two of his three runs, however he claimed he wasn’t stressed about his efficiency.
“I simply needed to land a run,” Gerard mentioned. “After falling on my second run, I used to be actually excited for the third run.”
Gerard ended up scoring an 87.16 on his final try, which was ok to push him into first, and to ship his household right into a frenzy down on the backside of the slopes.
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Seems Gerard’s enthusiasm and laid-back angle would possibly truly be rubbing off on his fellow athletes, too. Canadian Olympic snowboarder Sebastien Toutant mentioned it was “cool to see” Gerard’s method to the competitors, particularly when in comparison with the remainder of the opponents.
“Everybody’s attempting to win and do good. However he truly enjoys snowboarding and you’ll see it,” mentioned Toutant. “He’ll snowboard till he cannot snowboard.”
Gerard will subsequent be competing within the Massive Air portion of the Winter Olympics subsequent week.