Silverthorne’s Red Gerard beats Mark McMorris at X Games Aspen for first slopestyle gold

Red Gerard’s X Games resume didn’t tell of someone who is considered among the greatest at his craft. The 23-year-old Silverthorne snowboarder announced his arrival in a big way in 2018, when he won slopestyle gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

But X Games? Just a mere bronze (2020) to show for his time in seven prior appearances. That monkey is finally off his back as of Sunday after he held off Canada’s Mark McMorris to win slopestyle gold at Buttermilk Ski Area.

“It’s everything. I grew up watching these contests, like X Games and Dew Tour and U.S. Open. To have a gold here means everything to me,” Gerard said after his win. “Just to land three runs, today was perfect. I’m just so happy.”

Gerard and McMorris, who owns the most Winter X Games medals in history, both had nearly flawless runs, but it was Gerard’s 1800 that stood out over McMorris’s 1620 in the end. McMorris had been going for the slopestyle three-peat after winning the event in both 2022 and 2023.

Red Gerard of Silverthorne competes in the men’s snowboard slopestyle final on day 3 of the X Games Aspen 2024 on Jan. 28, 2024 in Aspen. (Jamie Squire, Getty Images)

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