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California's Chloe Kim Wins Gold in Olympic Snowboarding's Halfpipe

California's Chloe Kim Wins Gold in Olympic Snowboarding's Halfpipe

And though her father sacrificed much time, effort and sleep to further Chloe's career, the thought of doing it so his daughter could make her first Olympic splash in his native country was never part of the equation.

Chloe Kim stamped her name on a new era of snowboarding with a run down the halfpipe that, officially, did not mean anything.

Instead, she made a decision to go out with a bang and pull back-to-back 1080 spins - a feat no other woman has ever landed in an official competition.

"Trying to think of a caption is actually impossible but all I can say is thank you to everyone who's been there for me since the beginning", Kim posted on Instagram Tuesday.

Kim's final run earned her a almost ideal score from the judges.

American snowboarder Arielle Gold earned a bronze medal in the women's halfpipe contest at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Chloe Kim dominated the ladies' halfpipe final on Tuesday, easily snagging her first Olympic gold with a near-perfect score.

"I was tearing up; I wanted to cry", Kim said of her mindset when she began her third run. Truth be known, she's a little hard on herself, with an inner voice that sometimes criticizes so pointedly that it drives out some of the joy in grabbing big air on a board. No matter how loving the family, they can't live in the Olympic village, but every teen hears the echo of mom and dad reminding about "the most important meal of the day".




Tensions were high as the Kim family and dozens of friends eagerly gathered at the bottom of the Olympic half-pipe to watch Chloe compete.

Kim told "Today" that she was proud to represent the United States but also to represent both her Korean and American families. White won his first Olympic gold medal at age 19 at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

The Olympic gold medal was already hers but she knew she could do better. Competitors and support staff have put their profiles on dating/hook-up app Tinder, along with visiting journalists and many others in South Korea for the Olympics.

The 24-year-old Stina, who has a superb sprinting pedigree, took control early in each of her races and the final was no different as she sped away up the first hill.

Kim has been tweeting non-stop during her time in South Korea.

The show's hosts gave her a tray filled with ice cream, churros, and breakfast sandwiches.

"Dang, I hate talking about my dad when he's there because he gets pretty cocky", he said of her father, who was in the back of the press conference room.


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