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WATCH | Gold medalist Red Gerard reacts to video of family celebrating in Rocky River

"Wow...I had no clue this many people were watching."
USA's gold medallist Redmond Gerard poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the snowboard Men's Slopestyle at the Pyeongchang Medals Plaza during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. (Photo: JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Red Gerard's surprising gold medal win in men's slopestyle snowboarding gave the United States its first medal of these Winter Olympics, and it was hard not to get emotional watching the 17-year-old on the podium as "The Star-Spangled Banner" played.

WATCH | Rocky River native Red Gerard's Olympic run for gold

And while he has called Silverthorne, Colorado home since the age of 7, Red was born a son of Rocky River, Ohio, and still has grandparents, aunts, uncles, and many other friends and relatives in the area (his dad was even spotted in PyeongChang wearing a Browns hat).

Many of those relatives were at Market in Rocky River to cheer Gerard on as he took first place, a scene WKYC captured for the world to see.

Red Gerard on winning gold medal: 'I'm feeling absolutely insane right now'

Gerard was not aware during the event his family in Ohio was throwing a watch party, even saying in an NBC interview after the event, "Hopefully there's people watching. I know it's nighttime over there."

Then, the interviewer showed him the video from Market.

"Woa," Gerard said. "Where's that?"

When told it was Rocky River, Red was nothing short of stunned.

"No way! Actu...Oh my..."

Gerard noticed several family members from both his mom's and dad's side, and continued to watch as they cheered his victory. Red himself was left near speechless.

"Wow...I had no clue this many people were watching."

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