Chloe Kim Glides to Gold Medal Despite Hunger Pangs

'California girl that went to Olympics' wins gold medal in women's halfpipe

Kim plugged in her music-she said she thinks she was listening to "MotorSport" on that run, "Paparazzi" on her first-dropped in, launched a sky-high method, and then stomped back-to-back 1080s, making her the first woman to do so in Olympic competition.

"I knew that I did put down a really good first run, but I was also like, 'I can do better than that".

"I'm the dad of an Olympic gold medalist", Kim said. The one thing I learned is, just give everything a shot.

People on Twitter were super excited with Kim's win - even dubbing her the GOAT - including some pretty famous names, who now count themselves as Chloe fans.

Chloe Kim isn't the only U.S. gold medal victor of the games - her teammates Redmond Gerard and Jamie Anderson also picked up golds in Men's Slopestyle and Women's Slopestyle respectively.

Kim's story is one for the record books. "You know, going from 13 to 17 is such a big time gap".

Tales of how Kim's biggest fan - her Seoul-based grandmother - boasts about Chloe's exploits over tea to her fellow church-goers melted hearts.

The California-based snowboarder, born to South Korean immigrants, was all about snacking leading up to her performance.

Tuesday morning, Jong texted his youngest daughter on the day the two of them had been preparing for since she was 9 years old to remind her of all that was at stake.

"My dad has definitely sacrificed a lot for me", Kim said.


"To just quit work and travel with your kid full-time, leaving your wife behind and really chasing this dream because your kid is really passionate about this sport, I'm always so thankful for that", she said.

When Kim's first-run score flashed on the screen in the finish area, she covered her face and showed the first outward emotion of the day.

Olympic gold medalist Shawn White came out on top during his qualifying runs in the men's half pipe, setting the stage for a showdown in the finals Wednesday.

So she went for it.

That was a 93.75 that included only one 1080 (three revolutions). But it was her amusing and frank tweeting - mostly about her food cravings - that made her even more beloved to the public.

After scoring just below the 100 mark, Kim said the run wasn't quite ideal - but we'll note that it was closer to perfection than anything the thousands of spectators and media had ever seen. "So I was just on social media and I just tweeted my feelings". "Those tears are obviously tears of joy", Kim said. Kim's teammate, Arielle Gold, overcame a dislocated shoulder during training to earn a bronze.

You would expect it to be cold at the Winter Olympics, but conditions in Pyeongchang, South Korea have been downright brutal.

In many respects, a torch was passed.

USA snowboard sensation Chloe Kim made a successful Winter Games debut in her parents' land as she reached the finals in the women's halfpipe as the top qualifier.

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