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Chloe KIm celebrates with the USA flag in the women’s halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Chloe KIm celebrates with the USA flag in the women’s halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Chloe KIm celebrates with the USA flag in the women’s halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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“Pressure is a byproduct of expectations, and expectations mean that people believe in you,” said Chloe Kim to NBCSN. Even in the high stress of the Olympics, halfpipe snowboarder Chloe Kim takes the intimidating pressure with a positive attitude.

Chloe had high expectations set for her going into the PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea and she did not disappoint. She showed all her moves in the second run, easily earned herself a metal. With four riders left Maddie Mastro (USA), who fell on a 1080, putting Kim in position for gold.

“I was like tearing up and wanted to cry, but I just knew I wasn’t going to be happy, even if I went home with the gold I knew I could do better,” Kim said to NBC.

On her third run Kim went for it all, even in the gold medal position, with a frontside 1080, cab 1080, and a “McTwist” and landed them all. She ended with a 98.25, putting up the two highest-scoring runs of the day.

When Kim was just four years old, her parents decided that as a family, they would learn to snowboard. After that, Chloe took every chance she got to drive up from her home in Long Beach, California up to the mountain to snowboard.

Years later, and hours of practice, she qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi but was too young to compete. However, she was not too young to compete in the X-Games. She was the first three-time X-Game gold medalist under 16-years-old and was also the first woman to win a gold medal at the youth Olympics. By 17, she had won her fourth.

“Now that I think about it, I’m really glad I wasn’t able to go,” Kim told NBC, talking about her qualification for the Sochi Olympics. “I don’t think I would’ve been able to take it, to handle the pressure.”

Now, with the Olympics over, Chloe Kim returns to her life as a 17-year-old, looking for colleges and working toward her goal to go to law or business school. She will return home and finish her final year of high school as the youngest woman to win an Olympic gold medal in halfpipe.

 

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