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Teen Olympian Red Gerard Overslept And Lost His Jacket The Morning He Won USA’s 1st Gold Medal

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Seventeen-year-old Red Gerard is your average teen: he accidentally oversleeps, loses his things, and drops the occasional curse word when he’s not supposed to.

But there’s one detail that separates him from his peers. He’s an athlete competing in this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang!

On Sunday, Red, a snowboarder from Colorado, won gold in the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle event, making it Team USA’s first gold medal. The country celebrated this victory, many watching at home astounded that someone so young could nab the top prize.

Red has presumably been preparing and waiting for this moment his whole life. So how did he react to his win? He promptly cursed on live TV!

But that’s not all: according to Business Insider, the teen fell asleep watching Netflix the night before the competition and didn’t wake up at 6 a.m. like he originally planned. His roommate, fellow Olympian snowboarder Kyle Mack, reportedly woke him up at 6:20 a.m., at which point the teen couldn’t find his jacket and had to borrow Kyle’s.

The morning’s minor mishaps didn’t seem to bother Red, who still arrived at the competition in time. His unique tricks and routes earned him style points with the judges, and he went on to win the gold for the United States!

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Photo: Getty

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