Chloe Kim Dominated So Hard In Halfpipe, Even Her Second-Best Run Would Have Taken Gold

Bryan Brandom
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Make that two gold medals and counting for 17-year-old American snowboarders at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Chloe Kim dominated the field of 12 finalists in the women’s halfpipe event, throwing up the two best scores of the day—her first run yielded a score of 93.75, which no one not named Chloe Kim would top.

After a fall on her second run, she lamented a mistake at breakfast earlier that day.

With the gold medal already around her neck, the Long Beach, California, native took her hanger out on the halfpipe for the final run of the event, and smashed her own leading score with a 98.25 mark.

Liu Jiayu from China claimed silver with a score of 89.75, and fellow American Arielle Gold took bronze at 85.75.

If you think Kim and Red Gerard, the 17-year-old who claimed the United States’ first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics in men’s snowboard slopestyle, are young, just know that Kim almost made it to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, when she was just 13.

“Now that I think about it, I’m really glad I wasn’t able to go,” Kim told NBC Olympics in 2017. “I don’t think I would’ve been able to take it, to handle the pressure. Emotionally I don’t think I was ready.”

This year, she was so relaxed she was tweeting about her snacking habits in the middle of the biggest competition of her life.

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