Red Gerard is only 17. And he just won America’s first Olympic Gold in South Korea in slopestyle, taking down the field on his third and final run. Gerard isn’t just young, he’s ultra-talented, having been in the game for a long time. The kid has highlight reels galore of his antics on the slopes. But one of our favorites is the highlight reel, below, of his radical pickup lines while interviewing the beautiful and gifted Norwegian snowboarder Silje Norendal, sort of a long-running inside joke Gerard and Norendal seem to have with the crew at Snowboarder magazine (a brilliant inside joke, BTW). Seriously, how old is he in that second clip?
Well, the kid grew up. And stuck a beautiful run with a unique line choice to finish ahead of Max Parrot and Mark McMorris. Gerard has definitely made his homes of Silverthorne, Colo. and Cleveland, Ohio (where he lived until he was seven) proud. Hell yeah, Gerard!