Chloe Kim became the first woman to land consecutive 1080s in a halftime at the Olympics on Tuesday, taking the Olympic gold with a run that scored 98.25 out of a possible 100 points. Kim, who scored a 93.75 in her first run of the halfpipe final, was the only competitor in the women’s competition to score above a 90 on any of her individual runs. Even before her record-setting final run, Kim, a California native, had already secured the gold medal.
“I knew if I went home with the gold medal knowing that I could do better, I wasn’t going to be very satisfied,” the 17-year-old said. “That situation, I did put down a really good first run, but I was like, ‘I can do better than that. I can one-up myself.’ The third run was for me to prove to myself if I did it, and I could go home really happy and excited.” Kim tweeted about being stoked about her gold medal performance after the race.
I hate crying but I'll give myself a pass for this one. Thank you everyone for the love! Stoked to bring home the gold pic.twitter.com/vxApf1lxbI
— Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) February 13, 2018
Kim grew up far from the snowboarding tracks — her father, Jong Jin, who was born in South Korea, used to drive her five-and-a-half hours from La Palma so that she could practice on Mammoth Mountain. On Tuesday, Jong Jin could be seen in the grandstands at the halfpipe holding a sign that read, “Go Chloe!” Speaking with the media, he revealed that he had told her “today is the day [she] will turn into a dragon” — a reference to a Korean myth in which a snake transforms itself into a dragon and soars through the sky.
Kim says she hopes her exploits can inspire others, young and old, to be bold enough to try new things.
“I think I was so fortunate to find my passion and the thing that brought me so much joy at such a young age,” she explained. “I think, you know, if you’re young — even if you’re old, it doesn’t matter how old you are — but if you find something that you really want to try, just give it a try. You’re never going to know. The one thing I learned is, just give everything a shot. You don’t want to live in regret.”
Watch video of Kim’s record-setting run below.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 13, 2018
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