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EXCLUSIVE: 'I’ve lost my voice we’ve been partying so hard': Family of 17-year-old snowboard sensation who stormed to gold for Team USA reveal they celebrated his famous win in style

February 12, 2018 4:29 AM
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The family of gold medal snowboard sensation Red Gerard have told DailyMail.com of their pride and joy following the teenager's shock Olympic victory.

Mom Jen, dad Conrad and nine-year-old brother Asher are part of the 18-strong ‘Team Gerard’ who partied until late into the night after the 17-year-old took Olympic Gold in the Snowboard Slopestyle event on Sunday.

Red Gerard’s victory secured the first gold medal for TeamUSA at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

Today the family continued the celebrations as they sat in the stands of the Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang to watch Red’s TeamUSA snowboard girlfriend Hailey Langland compete in the women’s event.

‘I’m proud of all of my boys, but it’s truly amazing what Red has achieved,’ mom Jen, 52, told DailyMail.com.

‘Red is usually very consistent so I was really worried after he fell on his first two runs.

Dad Conrad, 54, added: ‘The whole family jumped around for about three hours non-stop after he won! He was amazing!

Youngest brother Asher, 9, told DailyMail.com he was allowed to stay up until 1am to celebrate Red’s win.

Born in June 2000, in Colorado, 17-year-old Red Gerard became the second youngest individual winner in Olympic victory when he topped the podium at the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle event.

The teenager was heard to say ‘Holy s****’ on TV as he finished his final run.

Team Gerard – made up of his six brothers and sister, and cousins – could be heard chanting ‘USA, USA’ in the crowd.

In 11th place out of 11 athletes vying for the medals Gerard brought the house down with his third and final run.

‘I was a little bummed on my first two runs because I fell a couple of times.

‘I was just so happy that it all worked out. I was really happy when I saw I came in as first.

Red, who stands just 5’5” tall and does not reach 18 until June, is jetting back to the states for TV interview with the major networks, before returning to Pyeongchang for his second event, the Snowboard BigAir, which begins on Monday 19 February.

Jen told DailyMail.com: ‘Red is flying back to go on TV. He has been booked up by a bunch of shows including Megyn Kelly.

Red was just two years old when she first stepped onto a snowboard, as he desperately tried to keep up with his older brothers, Jen explained.

Today Brendan Gerard, 28, a professional snowboarder, was holding a bottle of beer to toast his little brother.

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Source: dailymail.co.uk

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