The 17-year-old snowboarder from just outside of Breckenridge, Colorado, won the Olympic gold medal in slopestyle Sunday, courtesy of a nimble, creative ride through a wind-swept course that left nearly everyone else scrambling to keep their footing.
The first American medal of the 2018 Olympics belongs to 17-year-old Red Gerard, who won gold in the men's snowboard slopestyle on Sunday morning.
McMorris, who had been in the lead after two rounds, took his second straight Olympic slopestyle bronze less than a year after crashing into a tree, suffering a collapsed lung, ruptured spleen, fractured jaw, ribs, pelvis and left arm.
Gerard was Team USA's only hope for slopestyle as he was the sole American to qualify for the final, and he certainly delivered. Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que., finished fourth in the men's 1,500-metre short-track speedskating event, a solid result for the Olympic rookie.
Gerard was the only competitor among the top 12 to hit a quarter-pipe launch on the second hit.
When Red Gerard gets his gold medal tonight, he may stand on the top of the podium by himself - but he didn't get there alone.
Figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva has the world at her feet.
His roommate, fellow Olympian snowboarder Kyle Mack, woke him up at 6:20am, at which point Gerard grabbed breakfast and then had to borrow his Mack's jacket because he couldn't find his own. The siblings danced to a medley of Perez Prado songs.
From there, McMorris earned his spot on the Canadian Olympic team.
In long-track speedskating, Ivanie Blondin was in a medal position late into the women's 3,000 metres before being bumped down to sixth by skaters in the final two pairs. The first two runs were a little weird. "Do the run you know you have to do.' He went out and put it down flawlessly". "I wanted to do things no one was doing".
"I think a lot of time I need to pinch myself because now I feel so good and comfortable on my board, but eight months ago I probably didn't think I was going to be able to snowboard at this level ever again". I don't like feeling sad.
It was culmination of a career that began when he was 2 years old. At 17, he's already one of those athletes who makes it all look easy.