Seventeen-year-old Red Gerard from Silverthorne has become the youngest individual American ever to win Olympic gold. Gerard’s gold medal was the first for Team USA in Peyongchang
Silverthorne’s welcome sign has even been changed to “Goldthorne” in honor of Gerard’s gold medal. The Town says they are going to leave the new addition in place as long as the sign withstands the conditions.
Burger King in Silverthorne has also changed its marquee to honor Gerard’s gold medal run in the men’s slopestyle competition.
A Gold-Medal Celebration
Town officials plan to have a celebration for our local Olympians on April 28th. The celebration will honor Red Gerard, Kyle Mack (Sliver Medalist – Men’s Snowboard Big Air), Chris Corning as well as U.S. Paralympians Amy Purdy (silver medalist – snowboard cross – lower limb 1 impaired race) and Jimmy Sides.
Local businesses and individuals are lining up to offer support. Even the local Fire Department is joining to help in any way they can, including offering up fire trucks for the celebration.
Colorado Medal’ s
Colorado sent 36 athletes to the 2018 Peyongchang Olympics which is far more than any other state. Nineteen of them including Red competed for their first time.
Colorado athletes brought nine medals home from the Olympics. The U.S. Olympics team finished fourth in the country count, with 23 medals – Coloradans accounting for 39% of Team USA’s Medals.
Two Coloradans earned medals in multi-member events: Lauren Gibbs was part of the silver-medal-winning two-person women’s bobsled duo and goalie Nicole Hensley was on the gold-medal-winning women’s hockey squad.
Medal-wise, if Colorado were its own country we would have been in the top ten for most medals. Trailing Norway (39 medals), Germany (31), Canada (29), the U.S. (23), the Netherlands (20), South Korea (17), Olympic Athletes from Russia (17), Switzerland (15), France (15), Sweden (14), Austria (14) and Japan (13), and tied with Italy. An impressive accomplishment for Colorado!
The U.S. Olympic Team was on the hunt for their 100th winter Olympic gold medal. Upon arriving the count was at 96. Team USA has now won 100 winter gold medals.