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2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Red Gerard?

Red Gerard seemed to be an afterthought heading into Sunday’s final run of men’s slopestyle at the 2018 Winter Olympics, ranked 11th out of the 12 finalists. Instead, the diminutive 17-year-old from Silverthorne, Colorado, delivered a sparkling effort, scoring 87.16 points to edge Canadians Max Parrot and Mark McMorris to win the gold medal. It was the United States’ first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics. 

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So who is this guy?

Redmond Gerard stands barely 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 117 pounds. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 29, 2000. He is the sixth of seven children; he has four brothers and two sisters. One of his sisters, Tieghan Gerard, has blogged about food in Half Baked Harvest since 2012. In September she published “Halfbaked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains.”

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Tieghan and the rest of her siblings, along with her parents, are in South Korea for the Olympics.

According to The Denver Post, Gerard showed up in South Korea like “an accidental tourist,” insisting that “I honestly don’t know what the Olympics is.”

His father, Conrad Gerard, misplaced a ticket to his son’s final run but managed to talk his way into the grandstands.

“I was jerking around with tickets. What can you say?” Conrad Gerard told the Post. “So what if I missed the first run, which I did. I just got here a little late. But I saw what counted. And it was surreal. I mean, are you kidding me? My son just won an Olympic gold medal.”

Red Gerard’s gold-medal run included a backslide triple cork 1440 that wowed the judges.

It was culmination of a career that began when he was 2 years old. When his family moved to Colorado, Gerard’s career took off. He had a sponsorship deal by the time he was 11, the Post reported.

His family built a snowboard park in his backyard, but it was Sage Kotsenburg’s gold-medal winning effort in the men’s snowboard slopestyle final at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games that proved to be Gerard’s biggest inspiration. 

“I was like, this can not be right,” he told NBC Sports in 2017. “He won, and he was doing some crazy grabs. That’s what really got my mind flowing on style stuff and making snowboarding different, to be honest.”

Gerard isn’t finished competing yet. He will be in action Feb. 20 in the qualifying round for the Big Air snowboarding competition, which is making its Olympic debut. If he gets to the final, Gerard will compete for a medal on Feb. 23.

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president Moon to visit

Kim Jong Un has extended a formal invitation to South Korean president Moon Jae-in to visit North Korea, which would be the first meeting between the two countries since 2007, CNN reported.

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The invitation was presented to Moon by Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, when the two met at Seoul’s presidential palace Saturday, spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said.

Moon said the two countries “should accomplish this (meeting) by creating the right conditions,” CNN reported.

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Kim Yo Jong’s visit to South Korea was the first time that a member of North Korea’s ruling family has visited since the Korean War, which ended in 1953.

Photos: 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics - Day 2

A look at the competition and preparations on Day 2 of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

Shani Davis rips coin flip to determine US flag bearer at Olympics

Four-time Olympian Erin Hamlin carried the flag for the United States at the Parade of Nations during Friday’s opening ceremony at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. 

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Hamlin, the first American female luger to medal at the Olympics, is leading a 244-member group of U.S. athletes, but at least one -- speedskater Shani Davis -- disagreed with the choice.

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Hamlin and Davis tied for the honor of carrying the flag, and a coin flip decided the winner, CBS Sports reported. However, Davis tweeted the process was unfair and that “Team USA dishonorably tossed a coin.” He also used the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth2018 and said he could wait until 2022 to carry the flag.

Hamlin and Davis were among eight nominees to carry the American flag, CBS Sports reported. The voting occurred Wednesday night.

Davis, a four-time Olympic medalist, has won two gold medals and two silvers. He has appeared in five different Winter Olympics.

“It was a pretty big shock,” Hamlin said of her selection, NBC Olympics reported. “But it is an honor and a privilege to be recognized by all of Team USA.”

Kim Jong Un's sister arrives in South Korea

Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, arrived in South Korea on Friday, Reuters reported. 

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Kim Yo Jong landed at Incheon International Airport with a group of North Korean officials, including 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam, the president of the country’s Parliament and nominal head of state.

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It is the first time any member of the ruling Kim family has visited South Korea, CNN reported.

In an historic meeting during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in 

Pyeongchang, Kim Yo Jong shook hands with South Korea president Moon Jae-in, according to The Associated Press.

Kim Yo Jong, 30, was promoted to North Korea’s Politburo last year. She and her brother were born to the same mother, Ko Yong Hui, CNN reported.

Royal wedding: Will guest list include Laura Lopes, Fergie?

The countdown to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is on and as the couple prepare for their “I do’s,” royals fans are questioning who might be on the guest list.

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Some may be surprised to hear that the royal family is much bigger than just Queen Elizabeth II’s direct line, which includes her four children, eight grandchildren and soon-to-be seven great-grandchildren. There are even more cousins and distant relatives who maintain royal status and will likely get a seat at Markle and Harry’s nuptials, but what about Harry’s stepsister, Laura Lopes?

Lopes is the forgotten daughter of Prince Harry and Prince William’s stepmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and her ex-husband Andrew Bowles Parker.

But it seems that she prefers life outside of the royal spotlight. According to The Mirror, Lopes wed husband Harry Lopes in front of at least 400 guests in 2006, and William and Duchess Catherine were among the distinguished guests. Her daughter Eliza, now 10, later served as a flower girl at William and Catherine’s 2011 wedding. Apart from those occasions, Lopes hasn’t been in the public eye.

It sounds like Lopes might merit an invitation to Harry and Markle’s wedding in May without question but Harry did invite one guest that may be rocking the royal family.

The Daily Mail reports that Harry made waves in the family when he insisted on inviting estranged aunt Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York to his upcoming wedding.

“Harry has nailed his colors to the mast on this,” a royal aide said, according to the publication. “He wants his aunt there — and she will be.”

He reportedly made the decision as to avoid causing Ferguson anymore grief.

“Invitations for Harry and Meghan’s wedding are expected to go out the first week of March. Despite reports to the contrary, Sarah Ferguson will be receiving one and attending,” a source told Us Weekly. “Harry has always intended to invite Sarah to the wedding. He is very close to Eugenie and Beatrice, and their mother is just as much family as their father. Harry and Meghan have total control over who goes to the wedding and there was never an issue at the Palace about Sarah being invited. No pushback from anyone.”

If the rumor is true, Ferguson will have two royal weddings to look forward to this year, as her daughter, Princess Eugenie announced she will marry fiance Jack Brooksbank in October.

Scrambled order: Norwegian Olympic chefs order 1,500 eggs, get 15,000 

This sounds like one scrambled situation. Or, more pointedly, Google Translate is not always what it is cracked up to be.

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Chefs for the Norwegian Olympic team ordered 1,500 eggs but wound up with 15,000 instead, The Washington Post reported. The cooks used Google Translate to fill out the ingredient request list, but a translating glitch caused the order to be multiplied tenfold, the Post reported.

Chef Stale Johansen told the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten that there was “no end to the delivery” and called the order “absolutely unbelievable,” The Guardian reported.

Every one of Norway’s 109 athletes would have to eat more than seven eggs a day during the Olympics to use up the inflated supply, the Post reported.

The answer for the less than exact number could be South Korea’s complex counting system, where changing one syllable could be the difference between what the Norwegian chefs thought they ordered and what they got, The Guardian reported.

At a news conference, Tore Ovrebo, the head of the Norwegian team, said the whole thing was “no big deal.”

"It was an extra zero on the orders," he said.

Johansen said his team enjoys eating fresh salmon and tacos. Rather than poach all the eggs for themselves, the chef said the 13,500 extras were returned to the grocers, the Post reported.

Death toll stands at 8, dozens still missing after 6.4 magnitude earthquake jolts Taiwan

At least eight people were killed and hundreds of others injured Tuesday night after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan’s Hualien County, damaging roads and leaving buildings tilted or destroyed.

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Outbreak of norovirus causes quarantine of 1,200 Olympic security guards

Officials in South Korea quarantined 1,200 security guards after 41 of them at the Winter Olympic facilities at Pyeongchang had symptoms similar to the norovirus, CNN reported.

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South Korea deployed 900 military personnel after the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee (POCOG) quarantined the security guards. The POCOG said the guards suffered sudden outbreaks of diarrhea and vomited Sunday and were taken to the hospital, CNN reported. An investigation suggested the symptoms could have come from ground water being used in the food and beverages at the facilities, ESPN reported.

"The military personnel ... will be responsible for security checks of the 20 venues as they take up jobs such as security searches, previously done by civilian safety personnel, until the patients' condition is normalized," according to a statement from the POCOG.

All of the civilian guards are in stable condition, according to the statement.

Competitions at the Winter Olympics begin Feb. 8 and will continue through the closing ceremonies on Feb. 25.

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