Team USA certainly did not disappoint in Pyeongchang with impressive performances from snowboarder Red Gerard as well as figure skaters Bradie Tennell and sibling duo Maia and Alex Shibutani.
Gerard stunned many experts as he won a gold in his Olympic debut as an underdog competing in the men’s slopestyle, with a score of 87.16. The 17-year-old snowboarder gave Team USA its first medal in what was expected to be a Canadian sweep, edging Canada’s Mark McMorris (85.20).
“Crazy, to be honest, I cannot believe it. I’m shaking right now, maybe from the cold, or from the excitement, I don’t know. But I’m ecstatic, I can’t believe I got to land my run. Just to land a run would have been plenty for me and to get on the podium, but to get first is crazy,” Gerard said. “The wind was really bad and the first two runs it was pretty tough, but we got a nice little break on the third and I’m just happy I got to land.”
In figure skating’s team event, national champion Tennell led Team USA delivering a stellar performance where she receieved a score of 68.94 in the short program, her best all year. Siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani competed in the short dance portion and skated to a score of 75.46. The figure skating team event will conclude tomorrow.
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“We are a little surprised by the score to be honest. We have been scoring much higher. We will have to go back and see the levels. The performance felt great and we felt good about what we did out there,” Alex said.
“We felt that the skate was actually really good. We’ve been training so hard and to be out on Olympic ice for the first time, we are really happy with it,” Maia said.
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Gerard’s third run in the men’s slopestyle was flawless as he secured his first Olympic medal.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 11, 2018
In women’s hockey, USA will face Finland in Group A play with two-time Olympic silver medalist Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker expected to lead the Americans. Team USA enters the Pyeongchang games as a co-favorite for gold with rival Canada. Coverage will be live starting at 2:40 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN.