Olympic Alchemy changes Silver to Gold
Red Gerard changed Silverthorne to Goldthorne when he won the gold medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games. The 17-year-old wunderkind and newly minted late night talk show hero took the gold in Snowboard Slopestyle, kicking off the Games -- being the first American to win gold -- and raising the bar for every 17-year-old snowboarder in the world.
Summit County is not a place that requires much excuse to throw a party. With so much to celebrate, imagine the festivities that Silverthorne will conjure to recognize the county's five Team USA heroes.
After Gerard’s gold, Kyle Mack earned Silver in Snowboard Big Air and also landed in 11th place in slopestyle. A few weeks later Mack went on the take the top slot at the US Open in slopestyle right back here in Colorado.
Silverthorne’s Chris Corning also qualified for the final round in Big Air.
Amy Purdy is a two time, three-medal Olympian. She won silver in snowboard cross and bronze in the banked slalom in this year's paralympics, her second such event. Purdy is an icon in the adaptive sports world and beyond, having competed in both The Amazing Race and Dancing With the Stars.
Jimmy Sides, also known as Staff Sargent Sides, also represented Team USA at the 2018 PyongChang Paralympics in banked slalom and snowboard cross.
So much talent right here in Summit Country.
Also deserving of recognition are the resorts, the park and pipe builders and crews that maintain world-class facilities for our athletes. Don’t forget the Rec Centers that help support our collective health and fitness, the trainers and coaches and PT gurus… There is a reason so many medals came back to Summit County! Summit County; Olympic level support for citizen and elite athletes alike. So many good reasons to raise a toast.
Details to follow, but put April 28th on your calendar to join the festivities in Silverthorne.