Red Gerard wins Olympic gold, but hey – is that a Cleveland Browns hat on dad?
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Was that a Cleveland Browns hat worn by the father of Northeast Ohio native snowboarder Red Gerard?
Moments after Gerard learned he had won the first gold medal for the United States at the Winter Olympics on Sunday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, cameras caught the hugs, cheers and high-fives for the 17-year-old champion and his entourage of 18 family members and friends.
When his father Conrad was shown, it appeared dad was wearing a dark, ear-flapped knit hat with a small pennant-shaped “Browns” logo on the side. It was just a glimpse, but it did look like a Browns logo on the joyous father.
Gerard’s family moved from Rocky River to Colorado a decade ago. The teamusa.org website lists Westlake as Red Gerard’s birthplace.
The wild-haired, easy-going, smiling teen became the first American to win gold in Pyeongchang. With the time change, the competition aired Saturday night on NBC.
Gerard won gold in slopestyle, a challenging event based on the creative spins and moves of X Games athletes along with the athleticism required in any Olympic sport. Athletes snowboard across rails, up ramps, into the air and down slopes for technical points.
A pair of Canadians, Max Parrot and Mark McMorris, finished with silver and bronze, respectively. Slopestyle debuted as an Olympic sport in the 2014 Sochi, Russia, games.