Winter Olympics: Chloe Kim wins gold in snowboard halfpipe
By Dev Trehan
Last Updated: 14/02/18 2:26pm
Teenage American sensation Chloe Kim delighted fans in Pyeongchang by winning gold in the women's snowboard halfpipe.
The 17-year-old, whose parents emigrated to the United States from the South Korean capital of Seoul in 1982, scored 93.75 points with her first of three runs.
That mark would have been good enough for victory, but Kim thrilled the Pyeongchang crowd at the Phoenix Snow Park by scoring 98.25 - 1.75 short of perfect - for her third and final run to clinch gold.
"I am a little overwhelmed," said Kim, who is certainly a star in the United States and South Korea after her display.
"It's the best outcome I could have asked for, it's been such a long journey.
"This whole experience has been insane. You hear so much about the Olympics but actually being a part of it is a completely different story. I am so fortunate to be able to go through it.
"To share my story with the world has been amazing."
China's Liu Jiayu was second with a best score of 89.75 and American Arielle Gold claimed bronze.
Meanwhile, defending skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold was fastest on the fourth run of skeleton after Great Britain team-mate Laura Deas set the quickest time on the third run.
The Britons' results bode well for the four-run competition, which begins on Friday and concludes on Saturday.
Deas, a 29-year-old from Wrexham, claimed her first World Cup win in November 2015 and was fourth at the 2017 World Championships.
British sliders have won the last two women's skeleton titles, with Yarnold succeeding 2010 winner Amy Williams as champion.