Chloe Kim blew away the field and the crowd at the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea, winning the gold medal in the women's snowboard half-pipe. The win ticks another box in the career of Kim, who at 17 is already regarded as one of the best snowboarders in U.S. history.
Kim won with a score of 98.25, in a competition that never saw her trail another snowboarder. Her fellow American Arielle Gold won bronze, and Kelly Clark narrowly missed the podium after sitting in third place for two runs.
"I was tearing up, I wanted to cry," Kim said of her mindset when she began her third run. "But I didn't."
Kim wowed from the start, putting together complicated tricks to begin her first run and leading the field. That got her a 93.75 — good enough to win. But after falling on the third trick of her second run, Kim showed why she's regarded as the best in the world, flirting with a perfect score in the third run.
Her first-run score would have brought her the gold, but Kim wasn't satisfied. She wanted to put down a run that met her expectations, she said.