Can someone please get Chloe Kim some ice cream now?
The 17-year-old snowboarder made good on her dominating track record in the halfpipe event to date, easily winning a gold medal at her competition on Tuesday morning (Monday night stateside) in Pyeongchang, South Korea, at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Kim—from Torrance, California—earned a whopping 93.75 in her first run in the women’s halfpipe finals that included a frontside 1080 and front 900 with a tail grab. The showing easily putting her ahead of second place Liu Jiayu of China, who scored an 85.50.
In the second run, American Kelly Clark topped her first score (76.25), earning an 81.75. Austrailian Kelly Arthur botched her showing after tumbling down the halfpipe at the start of her showing. She scored a paltry 9.25 in her chase to catch Kim. American Maddie Mastro received a 7.50 after failing to stick a landing.
China’s Jiayu remained Kim’s closest competitor, scoring an 89.75 in her second attempt, all but cementing her silver medal, but inching ever closer to Kim’s score. Kim’s second showing saw her fall after attempting a frontside 1080, earning just a 41.50. At the start of the third run, she had a firm grasp on the gold.
The real fight going into the third run was for the bronze medal, with Arielle Gold scoring an 85.75 to claim the third place slot held by snowboarding legend Kelly Clark. Clark came out with a great showing to inch back into third, but only earned 83.50. Gold was supposed to compete four years ago in Sochi, but couldn’t after injuring herself in training.
American Maddie Mastro had a disastrous showing during her third run, falling after a 1080 attempt. China’s Jiayu was the only athlete left with a chance to dethrone Kim, but fell while going to the 1080—giving Kim the gold and the opportunity for a victory run.
For good measure, Kim scored a 98. 25 on her final showing.
A day earlier, between the qualifying runs for the halfpipe event where previewed her first-place abilities, Kim had tweeted: “could be down for some ice cream rn.” A follower asked — wasn’t she competing at the moment? To which she responded, “yes…”
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