Winter Olympics: Chloe Kim becomes newest American star with gold in halfpipe


Having already won gold, Kim let loose with a victory lap for the ages, one-upping herself, by landing a frontside 1080 into a cab 1080 back-to-back to claim a almost flawless score of 98.25.

Hours after Kim's triumph, Shaun White, who also knows a little something about teenage stardom, dropped into the halfpipe to win the qualifying round.

A 2016 video about snowboarder Chloe Kim is making the rounds again after her Olympic gold medal turn in Pyeongchang - and you're going to want to break out the tissues for it.

Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim is in the process of becoming a household name.

Her parents are from South Korea.

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Kim headed to PyeongChang with so much heat she was basically a human flame. "And today, I really did it for my family and everything they've done for me".

During her first halfpipe run, Kim was listening to "Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga.

But it's Kim's athletic charisma and jaw-dropping talent that makes her most appealing. (In other words: some real Tony Hawk's Pro Skater shit.) From there, none of her peers really came close to touching her-China's Jiayu Liu had a shot but fell in her third and final run-essentially gifting Kim a victory lap for her third and final run. Getting to the Olympics-let alone scoring gold-is no easy feat, especially at such a young age. Monday, February 12th she took home the gold for the woman's snowboarding.

Jong Jin Kim, who moved to the United States from South Korea in 1982, won over spectators around the world with his charming homemade signs ("Go Chloe!") and irrepressible pride. He met his wife, Boran, in Switzerland.

But deep down, she knows where the real thanks belonged.

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While she's got 1080s and McTwists and cab 720 melons down (seriously, what is this terminology), balancing on the at-times treacherous path that zigzags through normalcy and stardom (and, not to mention, wealth) could be trickier. He and Chloe's mom, Boran, call their daughter "Ipugi", a hybrid Korean word they say means "baby girl dragon".

He did not cry according to Chloe, which had surprised her.

She beat German teammate Dajana Eitberger and Alex Gough, who took bronze to give Canada its first Olympic luge medal. "'My parents sacrificed their lives for me, therefore I have to find my way but also focus on their expectations, '" said Sarah Park. She first pulled that off at a contest in 2016.

British sliders have won the last two women's skeleton titles, with Yarnold succeeding 2010 victor Amy Williams as champion.

"Sometimes she's so tough on me", he said. Missed the action? We've got you covered. "It doesn't matter who you are, as long as you put in the effort", Sam said.

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