The 17-year-old snowboarder beat out Canadian favorites Max Parrot and Mark McMorris with a final score of 87.16 in the men's slopestyle final at the 2018 Winter Games. Despite the tough conditions, multiple riders landed 1440s and all four riders from the stacked Norwegian and Canadian teams, including top qualifier Max Parrot, recent X Games champ Marcus Kleveland and seven-time X Games victor Mark McMorris, qualified into Sunday's final.
"It definitely felt really, really good", said McMorris, who won a bronze medal in Sochi without a clean first run in either the qualifiers or the finals.
Gerard won gold in slopestyle, a challenging event based on the creative spins and moves of X Games athletes along with the athleticism required in any Olympic sport.
The team event wraps up Sunday night, followed by the first medal ceremony of the 2018 Olympic figure skating competition.
After botching the first run, Gerard wiped out in his second run and seemed to tweak his back, causing the commentators to wonder if he'd be 100 percent for his third and final run. In a backcountry fall, he fractured his jaw, left arm, pelvis, multiple ribs, suffered a collapsed left lung and ruptured his spleen. "But things like that in snowboarding happen".
And on the sliding track, Calgary's Sam Edney sat fifth after the first two runs of men's luge competition.
Simader will become only the second Kenyan to compete at the Winter Games after Philip Boit, a former middle distance runner who participated in cross-country skiing at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Games. Corning, with the unfortunate position of dropping first in the first qualifying heat, saw judges dock him for a less-than-perfect grab on that first run. It was one of the highest-scoring rail sections of the day. "I got a break in the wind and somehow made it through".
McMorris wins his second straight bronze medal in this event.
Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ont., finished 7th while Sebastian Toutant of L'Assomption, Que., ended up 11th.
A day of extremes started with a surprise natural disaster alert, after a magnitude 4.7 quake rattled eastern South Korea, with its epicenter about 260km from the Games. He has a chance at a second medal when he competes in big air on February 21.