Chloe Kim’s Olympic “American Dream” Triumph
17 year old Chloe Kim delivered on the biggest stage, earning her first Olympic gold medal in women's snowboard halfpipe on Tuesday morning in South Korea. Landing a backside air, frontside 1080, cab 720, frontside 900, McTwist and frontside inverted 720 she scored 93.75 which gave her a huge lead over the rest of the field.
Kim stomped both of her 1080s, then landed the rest on her final run. The score from the judges: 98.25. And with that, Kim was officially the new Olympic champion.
I was like tearing up and wanted to cry, but I just knew I wasn't going to be happy, even if I went home with the gold, if I knew I could do better. So that third run was really just to prove to myself that I deserved it and did everything I could. I'm so happy.
Pointing to himself, Kim Jong-jin, Chloe's father said “American dream” before letting out a cheer, according to The Associated Press. A day earlier, the elder Kim told the “Today” show that his daughter was his American dream. It was a sentiment that had moved many fans to tears (NBC News).
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
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) February 13, 2018