Medals will be handed out after two more runs on February 13. There’s nothing halfway or another descriptive word starting with “half” about anything that Chloe Kim does.
Countless questions were asked: what was she listening to before each run? For artistic and athletic value, it carried historic weight, both a punctuation and invitation.
17 year old Chloe Kim has claimed a gold on the snowboarding halfpipe – but she’s also won something arguably more important.
According to ESPN’s Alyssa Roenigk, Kim began snowboarding at four and took to the sport naturally.
Two-time Olympian Arielle Gold of Team USA struck bronze on her third run, knocking five-time Olympian Kelly Clark out of the medals. She ran the gauntlet of TV interviews and negotiated the maze of reporters with equanimity. “That situation, I did put down a really good first run, but I was like, ‘I can do better than that. I wanted to go bigger”.
Kim’s parents were born in South Korea and moved to the United States, putting their daughter in an interesting position heading into her first Olympics. The signs Jong Kim crafts bearing his daughter’s name have caught attention from cameras across the globe, but what never escapes his daughter’s mind is the sacrifice that he constantly made for his daughter and her passion.
“We’ve all got these similar runs going, I think”.
“I want to fight to prove my innocence because I don’t remember (taking the drug) and it’s incomprehensible”, he said in a statement.
The world changed for Kim. “But just standing on top of the podium” was a special feeling, she added. “I’m a little overwhelmed”. She makes it look so easy.source Cameron Spencer/Getty Images And was soaring above the trees.
“Wish I finished my breakfast sandwich but my stubborn self decided not to and now I’m getting hangry”, Kim wrote Tuesday during the halfpipe final. “When I’d wake up, I’d just wake up in a new spot every time”. She was 11 years and 302 days old. Even to a broad audience with scant snowboarding knowledge, her surpassing ability is obvious. Among the handful of relatives who live there is Chloe’s grandma, who has been known to brag about her high-flying granddaughter if, say, she’s out to tea with her friends and a picture of Chloe happens to appear in the newspaper, which happens fairly often.
Her place in the sport will be pivotal.
“I’ll eat anything right now, I’m so hungry”, she said. The home crowd also had something to get excited about because 18-year-old Kim Min-seok took bronze.
It takes a village to raise a gold medalist.
In Monday’s two qualifying runs, Kim dominated. “I worked so hard on my eyeliner!'” Kim said. “Glad I could bring home the Gold!” “I texted her this morning that this is the time to be dragon”. Overcome with emotion, Kim’s sister could not speak.