Chloe Kim Stars While Marcel Hirscher Finally Gets His Gold

14 February 2018, 05:46 | Kristine Mills

'California girl that went to Olympics' wins gold medal in women's halfpipe

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AMERICAN CHLOE KIM reacts to her run during the women's halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Tuesday.

Kim, the 17-year-old Californian, served up the near-perfect score on her last of three runs in the daytime final on Tuesday, a mark that none of the 11 other competitors could match.

Congrats to Kim on her epic victory.

Or she could establish her dominance over the sport.

Kim makes these incredible feats looks so easy that she has time to Tweet about ice cream and churro cravings in between runs.

Her No. 1 bib soaring into the South Korean sky, she put on a display that left the rest of the field and the thousands packed near the finish roaring their approval and vaulting her to a level of stardom she's not quite sure she's prepared for. When she dropped in to take her third and final run, the last rider to drop in the contest, she knew the gold was hers.

Us Weekly caught up with Chloe before her stint at the 2018 Winter Olympics where she told Us that her favorite fast food is Chipotle and her go-to meal "is anything that I can pop in the oven". "I was crying so much because I was so excited to just be a part of this journey".

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Did you see Chloe's gold medal-winning run?

Even after she had clinched the gold medal, she chose to compete with herself on her third run. "I texted her this morning that this is the time to be dragon". This picture, taken right before Kim's spectacular halfpipe run, went viral overnight, and Twitter was having a lot of feelings about it.

Her story as the child of immigrants, born and raised in Southern California, has been widely shared and touted as the ultimate American dream come true. He sent her to live with an aunt in Switzerland for two years, then traveled with her on the snowboard circuit - coddling, pushing, enabling.

The gold is also no shock to Kim's dad, Jong Jin Kim.

As you have no doubt heard by now, before embarking on her stunning victory lap in the women's snowboarding half-pipe event, Kim faced an all too familiar predicament. Since Sochi, she continued making history by becoming the first woman to win three slalom world titles in 78 years. On Sunday, she shared that she had eaten churros and that they helped calm her nerves. Today she's headline news from Korea to KoreATL.

After a fall like Kim's in the second run - she slid on her rear after a landing - most snowboarders zigzag down the halfpipe; some don't wait for their scores. "Not just win, but she killed it".

Here's what she did on that epic run: Method; Front 10; Cab 10; Front 9; McTwist; Crippler 7 - that's according to the list she reeled off at a news conference afterward. "Or it could have been "Toxic" by Britney Spears". "This is just what I've imagined". "Those tears were obviously tears of job".



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