Snowboarder Red Gerard celebrates after winning gold in the men’s slopestyle final at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Feb. 11.(
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Gold medalist Red Gerard, who grew up in Rocky River, is expected to throw out the first pitch for the Indians home opener on April 6 against the Royals at Progressive Field.
Gerard, 17, won gold in the slopestyle snowboarding event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea on Feb. 11. Gerard crashed on his first two runs, but nailed his third and final attempt to win gold.
The 5-5, 116-pound Gerard is the youngest American man to win a gold medal at the Winter Games since 1928. In the sport of snowboarding, Gerard is the youngest gold medal winner ever.
The Gerard family, when Red was young, moved to Colorado to further his career. They still have roots in Northeast, Ohio.
From media reports, 18 members of Gerard’s family were in Korea to see his Gold medal run. After his victory, he returned to United States on a media blitz to attract sponsors before returning to the Olympics to take part in the big air competition. He finished sixth.
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