After two slightly underwhelming qualifiers, the men’s Olympic slopestyle final delivered. The conditions remained challenging, but the eleven riders (an injured Mons Roisland was missing) went all in.
The field featured a couple of plucky underdogs taking on the titans of slopestyle – and for all our predictions of a Norway vs. Canada battle, in the end it was Red Gerard from the USA who beat all comers.
“A whole lot of gushing, basically, and we love it”
After placing 4th at X Games 2018 (as well as qualifying in 1st), he wasn’t exactly an outlier in the way that Sweden’s Niklas Mattsson or New Zealand’s Carlos Garcia Knight were, but it was still surprising to see him top the board.
Naturally the snowboarding world has a lot to say about such a surprising and, let’s be honest, heart-warming result. Here are some of the best so far – we’ll update as more appear.