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Team USA’s Chloe Kim defended her 2018 Olympic gold by winning again at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on Thursday. She is the first woman ever to win back-to-back snowboard halfpipe golds.
Kim, 21, set the benchmark on her first run, scoring 94 by landing 1080s. Spain’s Queralt Castellet took silver, while Sena Tomita of Japan won the bronze medal.
“I just was so proud of myself. I was just like overflowed with emotions when I was able to land it on the first go.”
– Chloe Kim
After becoming the youngest woman ever to win a snowboarding Olympic gold, Kim was 17-years-old at the Pyeongchang Games in 2018, she took two years off from competing to prioritize her mental health and focus on her first-year classes at Princeton instead.
With her first run giving her a commanding lead, Kim attempted a cab 1260 in her second and third runs but fell both times.
The Beijing course, officially called the Secret Garden Olympic Halfpipe, is more than 650-feet long and 72-feet wide, with an inner height of 23-feet.