Snowboarder Red Gerard became the first American gold medal victor at the 2018 Winter Olympic on Saturday in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Fans quickly took to Twitter to praise Gerard, whose real name is Redmond Gerard, for his unbelievable feat.
Compatriot Mark McMorris pushed Parrot all the way, qualifying with the second highest score from heat two.
But according to the Olympian, his family was celebrating in a different way.
Parrot's 86 points bumped his Canadian teammate McMorris to bronze, his second third-place Olympic finish. He also said he felt a responsibility to all those who had reached out to offer support, and to fans who said they were inspired by his determination to return to the mountain. "I know I can do better".
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"Everyone in the contest was anxious about the wind and stuff", said Gerard's friend and Olympic roommate, Kyle Mack, who loaned Gerard his jacket as the winner-to-be rushed out the door shortly after a 6 a.m. wake-up call. Kyle Mack, another US rider, was putting together a great run when he crashed on the final jump. "Then, he fell on run two". "I finally figured things out, but it took a while".
"I was just really excited that I landed a run", he admits.
The winter games run through February 25.
"The Olympics to me is just another snowboarding event".
American teenager Maame Biney advanced safely through to the quarterfinals of the short track 500 meters, and she lit up when talking about her first Olympic experience. That's all I could ask for.
"I was honestly jaw-dropped..."
"At this point, I am happy with my result, but the performance was a bit tough, probably because it was my first time on the Olympic ice", she told the media.
"I was the kid who was in summer school a lot". "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". My brother Malakai has done kind of everything for me... I broke my femur and had to take six, seven months off. USA skier Jessie Diggens finished fifth, the best-ever cross-country finish by an American woman. A few years ago, they built a snow park for him and his friends, complete with a rope tow and lights.
Gerard struggled on his first two times down the slope before landing an incredible 87.16 to shoot to the top of the standings. "I kept telling him, 'Don't think about it".
The extra practice paid off.
With his win, 17-year-old Gerard - who is 17 years, 227 days, to be exact - became the youngest snowboard gold medalist and the third-youngest Winter Olympics gold medalist in history.
The gold medal was supposed to go to Canada or Norway, just like in 2014.
Not alone, but as a family.
"Woohoo!" he exclaimed. "We did it!"