Thursday, 22 February, 2018

[PyeongChang 2018] Father says 'American dream' after daughter's gold in halfpipe

Chloe Kim (Olympics) Snowboard sensation Chloe Kim makes successful Winter Games debut
Sammy Stanley | 15 February, 2018, 15:53

"Chloe Kim is a hero for both America and Korea", said Korean fan Kim Ji Ah, who had an American flag draped across her shoulders. She achieves more amplitude on her jumps, packs in more spins and flips, and lands her board back on the ground like a feather.

First, she explained exactly how she got so hangry before the halfpipe final.

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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. She has exceeded every one. She delivered back-to-back 1080s - a first for women in the Olympic Games - and drove her score even higher to a almost ideal 98.25. Monday, February 12th she took home the gold for the U.S.in woman's snowboarding. She wanted to put down a run that met her expectations, she said.

In a thrilling finish, Italian Federico Pellegrino won the silver medal by two hundredths of a second from Alexander Bolshunov, representing the Olympic athletes of Russian Federation, who took bronze.

Countless questions were asked: what was she listening to before each run?

"I was very stressed because everyone was saying Chloe was going to win gold but no one knows the result - that I can not control", he told CNN Sport.

"Ultimately, she became one of the best in the world".

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Chloe Kim. where to begin? So relatable, right? It also turns out that, like many people who care about their makeup, she goes to great lengths not to ruin her eyeliner. On the first run: "Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga; for her third, she said, it was "MotorSport", by Migos, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj.

Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim is in the process of becoming a household name.

According to International Olympic Committee rules, there is no specific age limit to compete in the Olympic Games.

China's Jiayu Liu mounted a challenge to Kim, but it wasn't quite enough, and she won silver with a high score of 89.75 from her three runs. But halfpipes are hard, the snow is slippery and nothing is for sure. Yet, as the teenager showed in her dazzling halfpipe display, she has been coping with the pressure admirably: "There is definitely a lot happening and I did feel a little overwhelmed, but I am trying to take in the whole experience". But then she calmed down and, "like Kim Kardashian", made sure they snapped her from her good side.

Kim has been aiming at the Olympics for a long time.

Four years after being too young to make the Olympic team in Sochi despite having the talent and scores to do so, Kim performed like a seasoned veteran in South Korea.

When it mattered most, Nilsson went flying through the course in a time of 3:03.84, finishing slightly more than three seconds ahead of Falla in second place. "But at the end of the day, I'm here - and I'm so happy". She has won big on the World Cup circuit, and at the X Games.

With a gold medal around her neck.

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