Chloe Kim of US dominates for 1st Olympic gold in snowboarding

Chloe Kim of US dominates for 1st Olympic gold in snowboarding

It's flawless, easy, and oh-so-fitting for the 17-year-old from Torrance, California, who loves music and the mall nearly as much as she loves stomping her runs - and the competition - in the halfpipe. It's about proving something. She had no choice.

That shouldn't be a problem.

Kim put up a score of 93.75 on the first of her three finals runs and then topped that with a near-perfect 98.75 on her last run - having already wrapped up her first Olympic gold.

"Right before I was dropping in, things were pretty quiet up there", she said. "I'm a little overwhelmed. That third run was for me - to put down the best run I could do". "Ahhh, just going home with the gold is wonderful".

"I actually found out during the second run that she was at the bottom and I thought 'this one's for you grans.' I can't wait to go shopping with her", Kim told reporters. No matter. The perfection-flirting third run provided a cathartic exclamation point.

There were also constant reminders that despite her fame and rapidly growing fortune, the American sensation is a typical teenager.

"My mum keeps asking me to post pictures of her so she can get more followers". In 2014, a month before the Olympics she could not attend, she took her first Winter X Games medal - a silver. She is now the youngest gold medalist in the halfpipe event.

Kim's parents are originally from South Korea.

While she understands the urge to build a narrative around her that turns her into a connective tissue of sorts between the host country and the one she calls home, it's one she has politely sidestepped.

"To just quit work and travel with your kid full-time, leaving your wife behind and really chasing this dream because your kid is really passionate about this sport, I'm always so thankful for that", she said. She ultimately was not able to compete four years ago, though her older brother, Taylor, did. Just take a look at her tweets South Korea for an example.

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On the slopes, Austrian star Hirscher cemented his legacy as the best skier of his generation with victory in the combined event.Hirscher, 28, has been the outstanding skier in his slalom speciality for years, with 55 career World Cup wins. She has exceeded every one.

"It means a lot just being able to do it where my family is from".

She drilled her opening set, throwing in a 1080 - basically, three twists high above the pipe - before following it with a pair of flips (or "corks"). Bryzgalova was shuffling backward in the third end when she stumbled over a stone and had her legs fly out from under her and she crashed hard onto her backside. "United States of America!" chants rained down.

Kim's also been featured in Teen Vogue's icon issue, and made Forbes' most recent list of the 30-Under-30 sports figures.

In speed skating, the Dutch claimed their fourth gold medal with a one-two in the men's 1,500m through Kjeld Nuis and Patrick Roest.Germany celebrated a one-two in the women's luge, with Natalie Geisenberger pipping Dajana Eitberger to retain her Olympic title.In curling, Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris danced with delight after hammering Switzerland 10-3 to take the inaugural Olympic mixed doubles title. Gold batted lead-off among the 12 Olympic finalists.

Liu came the closest to providing Kim with a serious threat.

Kim wowed from the start, putting together complicated tricks to begin her first run and leading the field. Rather than playing it safe, she went for it.

She put on quite a show, and she will be rewarded in ways large and small. Jessica Diggins placed sixth, failing in her quest to become the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing.

She has commanded the progression in women's snowboarding for at least two years now, and it was hard to imagine anyone beating her on the sport's biggest stage, at her official coming-out party.

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