Chloe Kim wins snowboard halfpipe gold in Olympic debut

15 February, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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To her, it meant everything. Kim then cruised through a near-perfect victory ride in her final run, earning her a score of 98.25.

Between her first and second qualifying runs, Kim tweeted she fancied "some ice cream right now". Canada got the gold medal in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014.

The 17-year-old from California made it look easy, but only afterward did she concede how hard the past several months have been.

For Chloe Kim, her debut Olympics turned golden as she romped to snowboarding halfpipe victory. She is often described as America's biggest snowboarding sensation. But halfpipes are hard, the snow is slippery and nothing is for sure. She's also picked up a lot of sponsors. "You wait for four years to come here and it's definitely a lot of hype around a 1 1/2, 2-hour time period".

If you think you're under pressure, just try being Chloe Kim. "It is pretty nerve-wracking as this has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl".

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She didn't have to do it.

He is also the first South Korean athlete to win a gold medal at three Olympics in a row, winter or summer.

That combination gave her a flawless score of 100, a feat only otherwise achieved by the legendary Shaun White.

China's Liu Jiayu stopped it from becoming reality though. She said injuries made her reboot and reconnect with her love of the sport, regardless of the result.

Give it a few years, fix a few bugs, and you're looking at the 2074 Winter Olympics.

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Her fellow American Arielle Gold won bronze, and Kelly Clark narrowly missed the podium after sitting in third place for two runs.

Rubber manufacturer Convenience Co donated most of the condoms, and a spokesman said coyly in the lead-up to the Olympics: "We don't expect the athletes to use them all". Her previous best finish at the Olympics was fourth place in 2010. "She's handled success and pressure with grace and class, and it's refreshing".

"She was born in year of dragon", Jong told NBCOlympics. Heck, her Instagram following almost doubled, to 350,000, since she arrived in South Korea - and that was before she won the gold. I don't know, It's just so unique and I think that's something really cool about it.

She drilled her opening set, throwing in a 1080 - basically, three twists high above the pipe - before following it with a pair of flips (or "corks").

"To just quit work and travel with your kid full-time, leaving your wife behind and really chasing this dream because your kid is really passionate about this sport, I'm always so thankful for that", she said. At the end of the day, I'm so grateful that I get to be out here and represent the U.S. in the country that my family came from.

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