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

by Leon Thompson February 14, 2018, 17:45
[PyeongChang 2018] Father says 'American dream' after daughter's gold in halfpipe

"Her victory is such a, like, a landslide victory".

Her place in the sport will be pivotal.

Kim had been assured of gold before her pulsating final run after China's Liu Jiayu crashed on her last descent.

Pulling out a spectacular array of tricks on each of her three runs - the third of which earned her 98.25 points out of a possible 100 - Kim drew huge cheers from home fans and U.S. fans alike.

A 17-year-old just took home an Olympic gold medal for snowboarding.

Teenage American sensation Chloe Kim delighted fans in Pyeongchang by winning gold in the women's snowboard halfpipe.

She is the rare entity that makes Twitter good, which in itself deserves a gold medal.

"I hate crying but I'll give myself a pass for this one", Kim tweeted. "Being able to put that down was awesome". But she still wanted to go bigger and better. "I went to school in America".

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 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. Kim captured the gold medal.

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Kim's competitors spent the rest of the event trying to match her score.

First, she explained exactly how she got so hangry before the halfpipe final. But it was her amusing and frank tweeting - mostly about her food cravings - that made her even more beloved to the public.

Some viewers at home noticed that she plugged in headphones before each of her runs.

"This one's for grams", Kim said in a news conference.

"But I'm just really happy". "Those tears are obviously tears of joy", Kim said. She already has a gold from Salt Lake City in 2002 and bronzes from Vancouver and Sochi. World champion Kjeld Nuis and compatriot Patrick Roest took gold and silver in the men's 1,500 meters, as Nuis became the first reigning world champion to win Olympic gold at the 1,500-meter distance.

In many respects, a torch was passed. Gold, who pondered retirement last summer, overcame a dislocated shoulder suffered during training to edge teammate and three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark for third.

"So being able to do it here, in their home country, is unbelievable", she said. "These women are our future".

Gerard started the Games with just 755 followers, and now sports a respectable 12,985. It's where Kim went before coming to Pyeongchang, not to secretly prep on the halfpipe but to escape it.

The 17-year-old brought down the hammer on her very first run Tuesday, scoring a whopping 93.75 points. And, for the past few days, at least, she has staked her claim in the food space. "I don't really get to talk her in person that much". "That's kind of what we've been doing all season".

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