Red Gerard Wins Team USA’s First Gold Medal in One of America’s Favorite Winter Olympics Sports

By Irene Nwoye | The Harris Poll

Team USA scored its first medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics on Saturday thanks to seventeen-year-old snowboarder, Red Gerard. The Ohio native won gold competing in one of America’s top five favorite Winter Olympics sports, according to a recent survey from The Harris Poll.

Our poll, which surveyed 2,079 U.S. adults over the age of 18 between February 6-8, 2018, found that Americans like/love figure skating (58%), ski jumping (49%), bobsledding (48%), speed skating (47%) and snowboarding (43%).

We also found that a majority of Americans (63%) plan to watch the Winter Olympics this year. However, while Americans are generally excited about the games, we observed that their interest in specific sports vary by region.

Americans were least familiar with two Olympic sports: Skeleton (54%) and Nordic Combined (64%).

The US has scored four medals so far. Gold from Gerard and another snowboarder Jamie Anderson, silver from Chris Mazder in men’s singles luge, and bronze in team figure skating from Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu. With Olympians like Mazder making history as the first American to win a medal in men’s singles luge, Americans’ list of favorite Winter Olympic sports might change in the future.