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Volume 25 No. 88
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Medal Stand: Red Gerard Gets U.S. Effort Going With Style

Each day during the Olympics, THE DAILY offers our take on the business performances of some of the people, sponsors, broadcasters and other entities around Pyeongchang.

GOLD: RED GERARD -- The wide-eyed, infectious 17-year-old gave the U.S. its first medal of the Games with a gold in snowboard slopestyle. 

SILVER: SHOOTING STAR DRONES -- Intel’s quadcopters played a starring role in NBC’s coverage of Friday night’s Opening Ceremony, lighting up the Pyeongchang sky with the Olympic rings and giving the sponsor a unique position in the Games’ signature celebration.

BRONZE: USOC -- The organization said all the right things as the Games opened, and leadership under Larry Probst in the absence of Scott Blackmun is moving along fine, but the organization faces uneasy challenges ahead.

TIN: JOSHUA COOPER RAMO -- You’d think NBC’s Asian correspondent would know better than to ignore South Korea’s history of brutal Japanese rule. Instead, he offended an entire country by saying “every Korean” respected Japan for its achievements. NBC has had to give multiple public apologies, including one directly to the Pyeongchang organizing committee.