The Olympics showcase so many different stories. The wins. The fights. The opportunity. There’s stories of unity and learning. There’s people who are motivated by a serious why. Tell the stories in your own words and inspire your listeners this week! Make the Olympians personal to your listeners. Share the heart behind the person!
Red Gerard is 17! He won team USA’s first gold medal after an insanely challenging move sent him from LAST place to FIRST in the Olympics this week! You can read about Red’s story at:
Red Gerard Wins USA’s 1st Olympic Gold After Insanely Difficult Move Catapults Him From Last To 1st
Think about the person. Think about his family’s sacrifice. Think about his age and how he’s different than the other 17 year olds in your life.
Here’s a couple angle idea starters:
Red Gerard has 7 siblings. His family has made a serious sacrifice to move his career forward. The entire family moved from Ohio to Colorado to get him the training and opportunity. Talk about parents who put in the extras. Talk about being a parent to an overachiever or a child with immense potential. Talk about what you’ve learned from your gifted teens.
Talk about how sometimes our plans don’t flow as we expect them to. Red’s gold medal day didn’t start as planned! His teammate/roommate Kyle woke him up after he overslept! Red panicked after he couldn’t find his snowboard jacket! He had to borrow his roommate Kyle’s puffy jacket for the competition instead! They grabbed and egg sandwich and headed out to the competition a little rattled!
Red’s older brother Brennan said, “I can recall watching him fall down the hill at 2 years old and having him dragging behind me, being annoyed to have a little brother back there being all slow and not moving very quick… After two weeks he started moving faster. By the age of 6, it was inevitable he was going to be something huge!”
Red Gerard is the youngest American male medalist in the winter Olympics since 1928! What were you good at when you were 17?
Red started in 10th place out of 12 snowboarders after two lame runs to start the medal challenge. There were lots of more experienced riders lined up with their game face on ahead of him. Red tried something radical to tear up his 3rd and final run and it paid off with the highest score in the 2018 Olympic slope style!
Olympic athletes make it look so easy. What sport or activity did you think looked easy, but ended up going horribly wrong?
Here’s another story about Red:
What’s your angle on the air today?