Winter Olympics: Chloe Kim wins halfpipe gold medal for United States


Winter Olympic 2018: Chloe Kim wins the halfpipe gold with a score of 98.25 in final
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times

American snowboard sensation Chloe Kim produced a brilliant performance to take gold in the women’s halfpipe.

The 17-year-old won with a score of 98.25 on her final run with China’s Jiayu Liu taking silver and United States’ Arielle Gold winning bronze.

Kim had already secured gold with her first run score but improved to win by eight-and-a-half points.

Kim is one of the stars of the Games and a favourite with the home fans due to her South Korean parents.

“It means a lot just being able to do it where my family is from,” Kim said after her win which was watched by the biggest crowd so far at Pyeongchang’s Phoenix Snow Park.

“There was a lot of pressure, but I’m happy I was able to do it here and do it for the fans and the family.

“I’m so happy I was able to land and being here is so exciting, this has been a dream of mine.”

‘What a run’- 17-year-old Kim shines in halfpipe final

BBC Sport commentator Ed Leigh said we might be looking at “the beginning of a very long reign for the queen of halfpipe snowboarding”.

The Californian was the strong favourite ahead of the Games and that status was strengthened when she qualified with a score of 91.50, almost four better than any of her rivals.

The gold is Kim’s first Olympic medal at her debut Games. She qualified for the 2014 Games in Sochi but was unable to compete as she was aged just 13.

The teenager was the last to take to the course in the first run and immediately moved top of the standings with a score of 93.75.

She fell on her second run but no rider was able to better her initial effort meaning the American was already guaranteed gold before her final run.

Kim even took to Twitter during the competition to discuss her breakfast.

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Kim’s victory was celebrated like a win for home nation South Korea at the snow park

Kim’s parents emigrated from South Korea to the US in 1982 and she first tried the sport aged four.

Despite her age she has dominated the sport in recent years, becoming the youngest person to win three X Games gold medals.

At just 15 she became the first female snowboarder to land back-to-back 1080 degree spins in competition, a trick she repeated on her third run in Pyeongchang.

The teenager has a large following on social media and a tweet