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10-year-old local featured in Disney show

All Redmond Gerard had to do to get on Disney XD’s action sports reality series “Winter Next X” was do what he does: snowboard.

Disney producers actually sought out Gerard when their ESPN counterparts (who oversee invites for athletes to compete in the X Games) told them Gerard was “the one to watch.”

The 10-year-old Frisco resident began competing in 2008 and recently placed first in the 2010 Red Bull Buttercup rail event in Winter Park. He also snagged 12th place in the men’s slopestyle at last year’s Spring Massive, where he competed against all ages and abilities, including professional snowboarders.

“Redmond is an inspirational athlete,” said Eric Covert, vice president of creative content and production for Disney Channels Worldwide. “He may be young, but he rides like a professional. He really impressed the pros, especially since he was the smallest, but it turns out that he also has a great personality to match his skills.”

“Winter Next X” is a series in which young amateur athletes get a chance to learn from pros in their chosen sport. This year, the series features two skiers and two snowboarders, all between the ages of 10 and 13, with Gerard being the youngest. Last week, he spent two days at Buttermilk filming the show. Kids on the show compete for the title of “Winter Next X,” and the winner gets to show off his or her skills at the Winter X Games, which is Gerard’s ultimate goal. The series airs on Disney XD as five short-form episodes on Disney XD at 4 p.m. Eastern time Monday. New episodes will air daily though Friday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. ET. The 15-minute culmination special airs at 9 p.m. ET Feb. 7.

Gerard hasn’t seen the completed show yet, but he doesn’t seem concerned, saying he wasn’t too nervous, but “I had to repeat lines a lot, and it was hard because it was my first time ever, so I’m not used to it.” In his mind, the biggest thing that stands out about the experience was learning from 2006 and 2002 silver Olympic medalist Danny Kass, who taught Gerard how to pull off a 720.

Gerard grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, but the Gerards have spent the last three winters in Summit County, with last summer being their first full-time year living here. He has six siblings, and his four oldest brothers helped get everyone in the family involved in snowboarding. They’ve also helped Gerard find sponsors, like 720 Boardshop in Denver.

His parents are thrilled about Gerard’s Disney opportunity.

“It was so much fun,” his mom, Jen Gerard, said. “It was pretty out of our world to watch 35 crew members hanging around your kid. Everyone was really cool and awesome … He’s got some exciting things coming up.”

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