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Red Gerard Uses Strong Second Run To Win Slopestyle At Mammoth

By Karen Price | March 09, 2019, 12 p.m. (ET)

Red Gerard competes at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix on March 7, 2019 in Mammoth, Calif.

 

Fresh off his win at the Burton U.S. Open, Olympic slopestyle snowboarding champion Red Gerard made it two in a row with a victory in the U.S. Grand Prix and world cup final at Mammoth Mountain, California, on Saturday.

The slopestyle final was originally scheduled for Friday, but high winds and poor conditions on the mountain forced a postponement to Saturday.

The delay didn’t seen to have any impact on the famously laid-back Gerard, who led the field of 16 after the first run of the final with a score of 81.30. He did even better on his second run. While a number of his fellow competitors struggled with landings throughout the day, the 18-year-old from Silverthorne, Colorado, was clean and creative and followed a smooth rail section with a frontside double cork 900, a switch backside 1260 and a backside triple cork 1440 for a score of 85.10.

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It seemed that Judd Henkes, who qualified in first place, might snatch the win with the very last run of the day. He laid down a big performance with a backside 1260 and enormous backside triple 1440 and scored an 83.95. It was a major improvement over his first-run score of 55.45 and launched him into second place. The 17-year-old from La Jolla, California, earned his first major international podium finish with a bronze medal in slopestyle at last month’s FIS world championships in Park City, Utah.

Japan’s Ruki Tobita took third place with a score of 80.50.

Gerard’s victory at the U.S. Open was his first win since his gold medal performance at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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