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Kim dominates for 1st Olympic gold, Hirscher breaks through

14 February 2018

"I was nervous before the first run because, even though everyone talks about Chloe all the time, nobody knows the result; maybe she will fall three times", he said.

Kim put up a score of 93.75 on the first of her three finals runs and then topped that with a near-perfect 98.75 on her last run - having already wrapped up her first Olympic gold. And although she's now an Olympic gold medalist, it hasn't yet fully sunk in: "I don't know where I am or what I'm doing here - all I know is it's good!" she said on the Today show. Her father started teaching her to snowboard when she was just 4 years old and she quickly caught on. The 17-year-old California-local and US athlete just earned her first Olympic gold medal in women's snowboard halfpipe on Tuesday morning in South Korea.

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. But halfpipes are hard, the snow is slippery and nothing is for sure. A senior Olympic official hailed Canadian skater Eric Radford yesterday after he became the first openly gay man to win Winter Games gold. So, she waited and made her debut in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a city located a few hours east of Seoul, where her parents grew up and where much of her extended family still lives. You're never going to know.

For competitive purposes, the final run Kim took down the halfpipe meant nothing.

She didn't have to do it. The run was not ideal but it came close.

Liu Jiayu took silver with an 89.75 to become the first Chinese snowboarder to medal at the Olympics. "Chloe is mature beyond her years", Gold said.

Kim is arguably his daughter's biggest fan.

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The gold medal had been secured, the desire to eat a breakfast sandwich had been conveyed to the world, and the starburst had been completed.

Fellow American Arielle Gold took the bronze medal and joined Kim on the podium. A gold medal was within her grasp.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson can't remember ever scoring twice on the same shift.

Korean and American fans celebrated together as Kim laid down her spectacular array of tricks.

She did it in Olympic record fashion.

The United States didn't have much of a challenge in getting past the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation on Tuesday, its last game before it takes on rival Canada on Thursday. I am so fortunate to be able to go through it.

British sliders have won the last two women's skeleton titles, with Yarnold succeeding 2010 victor Amy Williams as champion. Perhaps scheduling didn't help them much - their events took place in the afternoon USA time, rather than evening prime time.

Kim dominates for 1st Olympic gold, Hirscher breaks through