Teaching Activities for: ‘Red Gerard Wins First U.S.Gold in Pyeongchang Olympics’
Red Gerard is the youngest snowboarding gold medalist ever, and the country’s youngest male gold-medalist at the Winter Olympics since 1928 — and on Feb. 10, he won the first gold medal of the 2018 winter games for the United States.Watch the 17-year-old’s gold medal winning run, here, in the slopestyle finals. Listen carefully to the NBC sports commentary as you watch Gerard in action.What is your reaction to seeing the video of Gerard winning Olympic gold? What more do you want to know about him, his sport, and his competitors?
Now, read the article, “Red Gerard Wins First U.S. Gold in Pyeongchang Olympics,” and answer the following questions: 1. What did Gerard tell Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, about what he was thinking during his third and final run?2. What details does the article give about Gerard, his background, and his slopestyle skill?3. Who were Gerard’s closest competitors, and what are their stories?