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Gay athletes make history at Winter Olympics

The outspoken athlete delivered a "spellbinding" performance in the team event, according to NBC commentator and former Olympian Johnny Weir, and he made history by becoming the first openly gay athlete from the U.S. to medal in the Winter Games.

Ireen Wust, a speed skater from the Netherlands, was the first out athlete to medal at the Pyeongchang Games, according to Outsports, and Canadian Eric Radford became the first openly gay man to win gold at the Winter Olympics after his performance with partner Meagan Duhamel in the team figure skating event.

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Winter Olympics: Red Gerard wins United States' first gold in Pyeongchang

Teenager Red Gerard snatched a dramatic victory in the men's slopestyle to win the United States' first gold of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Victory for Gerard, who was just 13 when Sage Kotsenburg won slopestyle gold for the US at the 2014 Games, means he is the second-youngest man to win gold in an individual event at the Winter Games, after Finnish ski jumper Toni Nieminen. In tricky conditions he made mistakes in his first two runs, but produced a clean final effort which was well rewarded by the judges.


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Red Gerard soars to slopestyle gold for USA's first medal of Winter Olympics

The blustery conditions on an otherwise sun-splashed morning sent Red Gerard tumbling into the snow on each of his first two runs during Sunday’s men’s slopestyle final at Phoenix Snow Park, leaving the American teenager ranked 11th out of 12 finalists with one final chance at salvaging his Olympic dream.

Now the easygoing teenager with the endearingly perpetual bed-head is the youngest snowboarder ever to medal at the Winter Olympics, the youngest American to win gold in 90 years and the second-youngest man to top the podium in any individual event after Finland’s Toni Nieminen, who was 16 when he won the individual large hill event in ski jumping in 1992.



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