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USA’s Chloe Kim soars to Olympic gold in snowboard halfpipe

  • 17-year-old American produces top score of 98.25
  • Liu Jiayu claims silver and Arielle Gold bronze

Chloe Kim’s coronation is complete. The 17-year-old from California dominated the Olympic women’s halfpipe snowboarding final on Tuesday, soaring to a gold medal four years in the making.

Kim put up a score of 93.75 on the first of her three finals runs and then bettered it with a near-perfect 98.75 on her last run with the gold already well in hand. With members of her family in the stands, including her South Korean grandmother, Kim put on a show that delivered on her considerable pre-Olympic hype.

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