Snowboarder Red Gerard leaps from pages of Boys’ Life to earn Olympic gold medal

Longtime Boys’ Life readers watching the Winter Olympics on Saturday night heard a familiar name: Red Gerard.

The world was captivated as the 17-year-old snowboarder soared, twisted and flipped his way to Team USA’s first gold medal of the Games.

Many viewers saw Red’s win in snowboard slopestyle as a major upset. Loyal Boys’ Life readers, however, saw it as the fulfillment of a 13-year-old’s dream.

In the February 2014 issue of Boys’ Life — four years ago this month — BL featured a two-page article called “Red Shreds!”

BL called him a “13-year-old snowboarding phenom” and said he hoped to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Nailed that one.

Check out the article below. For further fascinating finds in the BL archives, download our app. Just search “Boys’ Life magazine” on your favorite device’s app store.

From the February 2014 issue: ‘Red Shreds!’

Watch Red’s winning run