Chloe Kim has done it again The 21-year-old American snowboarder clinched her second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the half pipe at the Beijing 2022 Games on Thursday, further cementing her champion status.
Kim nearly secured a gold medal in the first of three races. She scored 94 points to take the lead in the field of 12, and no one caught up with her. Kim’s first run included a 1080, a 900 switch, a backside 540 switch, and another 1080.
She seemed emotional at the end and said as the camera lingered, “Oh my gosh. I had the worst practice of my life.” Back at the top of the slope, she wiped away tears as she was congratulated, saying, “I, I was kind of overwhelmed with excitement.”
In his second and third races and with the best-of-three lead, Kim tried to go big with a 1260 but fell both times. Queralt Castellet of Spain came in second to win silver, and Sena Tomita of Japan won bronze.
Kim later said that he had had a bad practice, which can affect an athlete mentally.
I was dealing with all kinds of emotions, doubts,” he told NBC’s Randy Moss after the event. “But when I was getting ready for my first race, I just reminded myself that it’s a new race.”
Kim said after Thursday’s event that she was prepared for the renewed attention following a second Olympic gold medal. I’m in a much better headspace, and I think I have a better idea of what to expect,” he said.
She said she is looking forward to seeing her family, her dog and her boyfriend. I’m going to feel all the feelings and be proud of myself,” she said. It was four years ago in PyeongChang, South Korea, that Kim soared, flipped and twisted his way to a gold medal in the half pipe at his first Games.
In PyeongChang, Kim had already won gold with a stellar first run when she made history by becoming the first woman to land consecutive 1080s in the half pipe at the Olympics. At 17, she was the youngest Olympic gold medalist in snowboarding history.