Red Gerard may be an Olympic snowboarder, but he’s still a typical 17-year-old at heart.
The teenager overslept after a late night of bingeing Brooklyn Nine-Nine, ignoring the alarm he had set because he was supposed to compete on Sunday morning.
Gerard should have been awake at 6 a.m. But, as Yahoo reports, his teammate Kyle Mack had to drag him out of bed. He then realized that he had lost his jacket, and had to borrow Mack’s for the competition.
And despite the late start and rough morning, Gerard still won a gold medal, the first for a U.S. team at this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. His three snowboarding runs won a combined score of 87.16 out of 100, placing him first over Canada’s silver medal winner, Max Parrot.
To top it off, Gerard had the best response to finding out he won. When the results were announced, his victorious “holy fuck!” got into NBC’s live feed and was broadcasted nationwide.
Which pretty much sums up all of our reactions, since Gerard is the youngest American man to win a gold medal in 90 years — some compare his killer snowboarding skills to Shaun White’s. He also didn’t realize that winning was his dream until pretty recently. In fact, he’s barely followed the Winter Olympics.
“I just didn’t really think I knew what the Olympics is,” Gerard told Yahoo, “I kind of grew up just watching Dew Tour and X-Games. I’d never really realized how big it is.
With a group of 17 people out to support him at the games, Gerard says his friends and family started celebrations early by shotgunning beers at 8:30 a.m.
Red Gerard said he got a Snapchat this morning around 8:30 a.m. from his group of 17 people that is in Pyeongchang, South Korea to support him for the Games: “They were all shotgunning beers on the way to the mountains.” pic.twitter.com/JORk5m3pH5
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Now that he’s officially a gold medalist, the Colorado teen will hopefully be able to binge Brooklyn Nine-Nine and sleep in all he wants.
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