Chloe Kim was already an Olympic champion when she entered the competition even before becoming a star at the Winter Olympics. The 17-year-old snowboarder cemented her name in the history when she won the halfpipe gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Monday. Now with this feat, she is the rising American Olympic star with her dominating performance in the ladies’ halfpipe.

After securing the gold medal in her debut Winter Olympics, the teenager threw down back-to-back 1080s, becoming the first woman to do so in the Olympics and scoring an inevitable 98.25.

Chloe won gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe final, making her the youngest female snowboarder to win an Olympic medal.

After winning Kim tweeted:

Californian Kim dominated the frozen field, championing a dozen riders as she launched out of a halfpipe, delivering on her long-due hunger for an Olympic gold medal.

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Not only Kim showed a visually stunning performance but this Los Angeles’ athlete earned a score of 93.75 in her opening run to clinch the gold, and had a near-perfect mark of 98.75 on her third and final attempt to remain the only female rider to have landed in competition.

Amongst the supporters, her dad had also taken up the front seat. 

With Kim taking up the top position, Liu Jiayu won the silver with an 89.75 to become the first Chinese snowboarder to win an Olympic medal while Arielle Gold of the United States took the bronze with a mark of 85.75 on a clutch final run.

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“I don’t really know what’s happening right now,” Kim said from the hill after her stunt. “This is the best outcome I could ever ask. It’s been such a long journey and just going home with the gold is amazing.”

She further added, “It means a lot just being able to do it where my family is from. A lot of pressure, but I’m happy I was able to do it here and do it for the fans and the family. It was a really fun moment for everyone.”

Quick facts:

Congratulations Chloe, the new Olympic hero!

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Feature Image Credit: Time

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