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Catching Up With Red Gerard, Defending Olympic Snowboard Gold Medalist

It was the tail finish of Colorado’s major storm of the calendar year. The morning was an all-time powder day for the textbooks. However there was Pink Gerard, composed without the need of any indicator of getting ridden that morning.

His purpose for the uncanny restraint experienced less to do with planning for the Dew Tour finals to occur the next day. Pink was simply exhausted.

“I have ridden each day since the to start with of final month,” Gerard explained. “I took nowadays off to just relaxation.”

The willpower compensated off. This weekend, Gerard received his to start with-at any time Dew Tour function in front of spouse and children and good friends at his house mountain, Copper. The slopestyle gain came virtually exactly two many years right after his Olympic gold medal victory in the exact discipline at age 17, when Gerard burst into international prominence as the youngest snowboarder to at any time medal, as very well as the youngest male winter season Olympian to gain gold in nearly a century of the video games.

Even with the instant notoriety from PyeongChang 2018, Gerard suggests he would prefer not to be remembered as the kid who received the Olympics. While he openly admits fascination in earning another opportunity to do it all in excess of yet again, he’d prefer the gain be regarded as just one of the quite a few items that he’s performed.

“Straight up, rolling into the Olympics I experienced no clue that it was that big of a deal. I imagine that is section of why I would like to go yet again, to just choose in additional of everything that goes on,” Gerard defined of his to start with-at any time Olympics. “There are so quite a few neat items that are occurring, and so quite a few items that you don’t guidance as well—but I come to feel like that takes place with anything.”

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Celebrating Dew Tour slopestyle gold. Courtesy Dew Tour/DODDS

What is Gerard supporting? For the time becoming, it’s additional snowboarding. And final calendar year, he experienced previously extra additional to his plate than at any time ahead of. Not only did he maintain up with his nuts contest schedule, which needs regular vacation close to the planet, but he also set in the time and hard work to film a video clip section entirely in the backcountry for the impartial snowboard movie, Joy.

“It was so gnarly seeking to balance contests and filming,” Gerard explained. “It was the most hectic time I’ve at any time experienced, for certain. But, it was really addicting. I favored it a ton and I am executing it yet again this calendar year. I’m going to do contests and film.”

To include to the accolade pile, final week Joy received the Motion picture of the Yr group at the inaugural Snowboarder Awards. In addition to becoming on the set of showcased riders, Gerard was also nominated for the Rider of the Yr award together with legendary riders Travis Rice and Sage Kotsenburg (Kotsenburg becoming the only other Olympic gold medalist in snowboard slopestyle).

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Gerard with the ‘Joy’ crew at the Snowboarder Awards. Courtesy Dew Tour/kanights

Then came the Dew Tour slopestyle gain two times later towards a stacked area of competition, such as fellow Olympic medalists Mark McMorris, Stale Sandbech, Max Parrot and quite a few additional. Even with circumstances making for a hard bounce section only enabling a couple of riders to land triple cork methods, Gerard stood apart by landing the only change backside triple cork 1260.

Regardless of whether you connect with it house-area gain, Gerard has set in the time on his snowboard, starting off at age 2 and influenced by his brothers. By 7, his dad and mom determined to split their time between Ohio in the summers (the place Gerard was born) and Colorado for the winters. Right before he was even a teenager, the shift to Colorado became total-time. Now at 19, he’s taking pictures marquee film segments and successful contests towards the world’s greatest. Suddenly he’s not some kid, but relatively a stakeholder in the activity contemplating about the up coming ways in how to form its progression. That search forward starts off with the recent contest construction.

“It’s so tough mainly because 50 % of the contests we do are the FIS (International Ski Federation) contests, and they really just can’t do anything,” defined Gerard. “They have guidelines, or a thing, and it’s not even worthy of seeking to communicate to them about it.”

Then there are the other mainstays in snowboarding levels of competition.

“Dew Tour, X Video games and the [Burton U.S.] Open—I have generally been a big supporter of their classes,” explained Gerard, acknowledging that creativeness in course style and design is even now current in today’s contests. “Those a few contests, each time I go to one, I demonstrate up with no clue what is going to be in the course, I just know it is going to be nuts.”

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Gerard’s successful operate at the 2020 Wintertime Dew Tour mens slopestyle ultimate. Courtesy Dew Tour/DODDS

To the concern of acquiring a slopestyle course: “If I were to do it, it would be equivalent to the Half Park operate that [Danny Davis] intended at Peace Park. I was a massive supporter of that. A [big] contest like that is going to have to occur, with slopestyle and halfpipe achieving this peak. That is a thing I am totally in guidance of.”

Possibly Wintertime Dew Tour 2021 will be Gerard’s opportunity to demonstrate the planet his eyesight of a marquee snowboarding contest. Soon after all, he does trip for the event’s two most significant sponsors, Mountain Dew and Toyota. Regardless of what Gerard does as an particular person, he has a message for all of the elite snowboard athletes competing at the sport’s maximum degree.

“One thing that I imagine we can do as riders is be additional associated,” Gerard expressed when reflecting on some of the Riders Conferences he has attended through present activities. “That is one of my priorities: to get additional associated.”

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