Medals awarded in women’s snowboard halfpipe
Southern California teenage snowboard sensation Chloe Kim dominated the halfpipe final Tuesday to win gold at the PyeongChang Olympics.
The 17-year-old pretty much won the event with the first of her three runs, throwing down a run scored at 93.75 to jump to the top of the standings.
Despite falling on her second run, she never relinquished her hold the rest of the way to finish on top of the 12-woman field.
After silver medalist Liu Jiayu of China fell on her final run, Kim was guaranteed gold and took a victory lap on her own final run, landing back-to-back 1080s on the way to an even better score of 98.25.
Arielle Gold, 21, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, took bronze.
Kelly Clark, a 34-year-old Vermont native and five-time Olympian, finished in fourth place while Maddie Mastro, 17, of Wrightwood, California, fell on all three of her runs and finished 12th.
Despite her young age, Kim is already a seven-time X Games medalist, including five golds, and won gold in both halfpipe and slopestyle at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics.
She is the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s in competition last year and sits atop the world rankings for halfpipe.
She also turned in the two best runs during Monday’s qualifying runs, posting a 91.50 on her first run and then bettered that with a second run scored at 95.50.
Kim, Gold, and Mastro swept this year’s X Games in the SuperPipe competition.
Gold was the youngest member of the U.S. halfpipe team for the 2014 Olympics at age 17, but suffered a separated shoulder on a practice run and was unable to compete in Sochi.
Clark won gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and bronze the past two Olympics. She’s also a 10-time SuperPipe medalist at the X Games, including five golds.