Good as Gold: Catching Up With Slopestyle's Reigning Olympic Champ Red Gerard

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It was the tail end of Colorado’s biggest storm of the year. The morning was an all-time powder day for the books. Yet there was Red Gerard, composed without any sign of having ridden that morning.

His reason for the uncanny restraint had less to do with preparation for the Dew Tour finals to come the following day. Red was simply exhausted.

“I have ridden every day since the first of last month,” Gerard said. “I took today off to just rest.”

The willpower paid off. This weekend, Gerard won his first-ever Dew Tour event in front of family and friends at his home mountain, Copper. The slopestyle win came almost exactly two years after his Olympic gold medal victory in the same discipline at age 17, when Gerard burst into global prominence as the youngest American snowboarder to ever medal, as well as the youngest winter Olympian, period, to win gold in nearly a century of the games.