By Karen Price | Sept. 07, 2017, 11:53 p.m. (ET)
Chloe Kim competes in the women's halfpipe final at the Winter Games NZ FIS Women's Snowboard World Cup at Cardrona Alpine Resort on Sept. 8, 2017 in Cardrona, New Zealand.

 

U.S. women swept the podium at the FIS World Cup for halfpipe snowboarding on Friday in Cardrona, New Zealand.

Chloe Kim took first with a score of 90.50, Kelly Clark was second with a top run of 88.00 and Maddie Mastro finished in third place with a score of 83.25. The event, which was part of the Winter Games NZ, was the first FIS World Cup for halfpipe snowboarding this season.

In the qualification the day before, Mastro was first, Clark was third and Kim was fourth.

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Last season, Kim became the first athlete under the age of 16 to win three gold medals at the Winter X Games and is a heavy favorite to reach the podium — if not the top spot — at the Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 in February. She swept the halfpipe and slopestyle gold medals at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

Mastro, who was a rookie on the U.S. halfpipe team last year, is also hoping to make her first Olympic team. Clark is looking to return to the Olympic Winter Games for the fifth time and add to the gold medal she won in Salt Lake City in 2002 and the bronze medals she won in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014.

The three also swept the podium in February at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Park City, Utah, with Kim winning, Mastro taking second and Clark finishing third.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.