Who is Red Gerard?
Name: Red Gerard
Country: United States
Disciplines: Slopestyle, Big Air
2016/17 WST slopestyle ranking: 8th
- 2016/17 FIS World Cup slopestyle season champion
- 2017 Mammoth Grand Prix slopestyle winner
- 5th place, 2016 Burton U.S. Open slopestyle
Gerard has not previously competed at a Winter Olympics. PyeongChang would be his first appearance.
The first order of business for Gerard is to qualify for the U.S. Olympic slopestyle team, which appears to be as deep as it's ever been. By winning the first U.S. selection event, which was held during the 2016/17 season, he has put himself in a good position to do that. Assuming he makes the team, the young and ever-improving Gerard could emerge as a dark horse contender to crack the slopestyle or big air podium in PyeongChang.
Potential Olympic records
If Gerard were to earn a medal in PyeongChang, he would potentially be the youngest American snowboarder to ever do so. The record is currently held by Kelly Clark, who was 18 years old when she earned gold at the 2002 Olympics. (Gerard is two months younger than Chloe Kim, the 2018 favorite in women's halfpipe.)
Part of a young up-and-coming core of American slopestyle riders, Gerard has been rapidly improving in recent years. Although he's small in stature, that hasn't stopped him from landing triple corks. Having a terrain park in his backyard has also enabled him to learn some technical rail tricks.
The sixth of seven children in his family, Gerard was snowboarding with his older siblings when he was just 2 years old. A few years later, the family moved from Cleveland to Colorado and built a terrain park in their backyard. Able to use that backyard park for near-constant training, Gerard eventually began entering amateur contests and had some success. He started competing in pro contests in 2015, and during his first full season on the pro circuit (2015/16), he scored top-five finishes at Dew Tour and the Burton U.S. Open.
2016/17 season recap
Gerard finished fourth at the Laax Open and reached the final at the Burton U.S. Open, but his most consequential result was a victory at the Mammoth Grand Prix, an event which doubled as the first official qualifier for the U.S. Olympic slopestyle team. The win at Mammoth sets him up nicely to lock up a spot on the team for PyeongChang if he has another strong showing at one of several upcoming selection events. Thanks in part to his aforementioned results at Laax and Mammoth, Gerard also ended the season as the FIS World Cup champion for slopestyle and earned his first Crystal Globe.
Off the snow
Gerard embraces the action sports lifestyle, with activities such as skateboarding, surfing and snowmobiling among his favorites things to do outside of snowboarding.