Shaun White leads US halfpipe snowboarding team into PyeongChang finals

Shaun White leads US halfpipe snowboarding team into PyeongChang finals

Shaun White leads US halfpipe snowboarding team into PyeongChang finals

Korean-American snowboarder Chloe Kim, who happens to be a fan of CL, won the gold medal at the women's snowboard halfpipe event in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics! It's no easy feat sailing out of the pipe, hitting record-breaking tricks and stomping landings over and over again, so a clear mind is key (or one focused on food, as the case may have been with Kim).

By the time Kim came up for her third run, she already knew a gold medal was hers as the rest of the pack had failed to best her first score, but she wasn't going home without landing those back-to-back 1080's and making a run at a ideal, 100-point, score.

Kim was so good at age 13, she might have won the Sochi Olympics had she been old enough.

As for what was in her head during that final gold-medal run?

Kim, an acrobatic performer of Korean heritage and California cool, is destined to become an even bigger star than she already is. They reminded her what happened two weeks ago at the X Games in Aspen, when her US teammate, Arielle Gold, bumped her out of first place and forced her to land an even better run - and her back-to-back 1080s - on her third.

When Kim's first-run score flashed on the screen in the finish area, she covered her face and showed the first outward emotion of the day. She wanted to put down a run that met her expectations, she said.

American Chloe Kim wins gold medal in women's halfpipe.

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"It's the best outcome I could have asked for, it's been such a long journey".

After scoring just below the 100 mark, Kim said the run wasn't quite flawless - but we'll note that it was closer to perfection than anything the thousands of spectators and media had ever seen.

But it's Kim's athletic charisma and jaw-dropping talent that makes her most appealing.

Shaun White was best in halfpipe qualifying, scoring a 98.5 to edge Australian rival Scotty James for the prime spot in Wednesday's three-run final. But they are at the Pyeongchang Games trying to end a 20-year gold medal drought. The medal ceremonies at these Winter Games have been held hours after some events. "Watching my family work so hard has been so inspirational, and I think I really got their work ethic". She secured her spot with a strong second run that had flawless pacing and control in the halfpipe at Phoenix Snow Park.

According to data shared by Twitter, she had about 15,000 Twitter followers when she dropped into the halfpipe and then by the time she finished her run, she earned more than 100,000 new followers. Kim sat down on her second run for 41.50, her only subpar run in two days.

All the same, it seems like she'll keep winning. Essentially, the real victor of the Olympics so far appears to be Chloe Kim. That same day, she recommended churros as a way to combat nerves.

"I don't really know what's happening, and I'm actually feeling a little anxious right now", Kim said.

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