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‘Hangry’ Chloe Kim Wins Halfpipe Gold

Monday - 12/02/2018 22:50
How calm was the 17-year-old American as she prepared for her final run in the women’s halfpipe with a gold medal on the line? She tweeted about how hungry she was.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — When Chloe Kim became the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s, at the U.S. Grand Prix in 2016, she had the luxury of having already wrapped up the title.

She was in the same position today, but this time she was the owner of her first Olympic gold medal.

With nothing to lose, Kim went for a victory lap: she landed a 1080. And, yes, she landed another. It was a run to remember and it was awarded with the biggest score of the day, a near perfect 98.25.

The American Arielle Gold had a strong run to knock her countrywoman, Kelly Clark out of the bronze medal position. Clark’s halfpipe finishes at the Olympics, dating to 2002: first, fourth, third, third and fourth.

For four years, Kim has been an Olympic gold medalist in waiting. Now she is just an Olympic gold medalist.

Chloe Kim competing in the halfpipe finals. CreditChang W. Lee/The New York Times

Before Final Run, Chloe Kim Tweets About Breakfast

In between her second and third runs, Kim found time to send a tweet about her breakfast: “Wish I finished my breakfast sandwich but my stubborn self decided not to and now I’m getting hangry.”

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