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Gerard Third in Edmonton

By Libby Arganbright - Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Team
December, 9 2023
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Red Gerard sprays champagne on the podium in Edmonton, Canada (@fissnowboard)

Olympic champion and Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Team athlete Red Gerard finished on the podium in third in the FIS Style Experience Snowboard Big Air World Cup in Edmonton, Canada.

The Edmonton World Cup featured many of the world’s best snowboarders as they gathered to take on the large scaffolding jump, where runs are judged on creativity and style over "spin-to-win" tactics. 

Gerard took on the massive feature in Edmonton and ultimately clenched the third spot among the stacked field, earning himself his 10th World Cup career podium. One of the world’s top big air competitors, this type of contest and style of jump is Gerard's bread and butter. He took three runs and executed three tricks: switch back 1620 weddle, back 1620 melon and back 1800 melon.

Taiga Hasegawa of Japan nabbed the number one spot and Yiming Su of China the number two.

Gerard was the only U.S. snowboarder to make the finals in men’s and women’s competitions. Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Team rider Luke Winkelmann advanced to semifinals and teammates Jake Canter, Sean FitzSimons, Fynn Bullock-Womble, Brooklyn DePriest and Hailey Langland were also in Edmonton for the competition but did not advance to semifinals or finals. 

Next up, the Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Team slopestyle/big air athletes will travel back stateside for the Visa Big Air Presented by Toyota in Copper Mountain, Dec. 13-16. 

Women’s Big Air
Men’s Big Air