Like Shaun White Before Her, Chloe Kim Dazzles on Way to Winning Halfpipe Gold
Kim has been beating the competition for years, although on Tuesday at Phoenix Snow Park she fully revealed her talent in addition to charisma to a broad audience. She dazzled via the start that has a score of 93.75 on her first run, in addition to no one came close to beating of which mark. On her third in addition to final run, with the gold medal clinched, she wanted to “one-up myself,” she said later. She did, that has a victory lap of which included her signature back-to-back 1080s, three spins off one wall of the pipe followed by three more on the some other. of which run scored 98.25 via the judges.
“I knew of which if I went home that has a gold medal knowing I could do better, I wasn’t going to be very satisfied,” Kim said at the bottom of the pipe.
Pressure? Before of which late-morning run, Kim had logged on to Twitter to tell her growing legion of fans of which she was hungry.
“Just trying to distract myself” to ease the nerves, she said.
The silver went to Liu Jiayu of China, with 89.75. Arielle Gold of the United States had a strong third run, scoring 85.75, to knock her countrywoman Kelly Clark out of the bronze medal position. Clark, who scored 83.50 on her third run, finished fourth at her fifth Olympic Games — she also carries a gold via 2002 in addition to two bronze medals.
Kim, born in addition to raised in Southern California as the daughter of South Korean immigrants, was warmly adopted by fans via the host country. On a sunny morning, she received the biggest ovation when introduced before her first run, in addition to when she reached the bottom that has a clean run in addition to a bright smile, she was greeted by the sound of cheers in addition to cowbells.
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