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Chloe Kim Dominates Again, Wins Halfpipe Gold In Toyota U.S. Grand Prix

By Paul D. Bowker | Dec. 08, 2018, 3:12 p.m. (ET)

Chloe Kim does a jump at the U.S. Grand Prix on Dec. 6, 2018 in Copper Mountain, Colo.


Olympic snowboarding champion Chloe Kim is still going strong.

Kim dominated the women’s halfpipe competition Saturday in the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain in Frisco, Colorado, scoring 92.25 to lead a 1-2 American finish.

Maddie Mastro finished second, scoring 85.00 on her final run.

Kim’s performance highlighted a day that feature four American medals. Toby Miller and Chase Josey finished 2-3 in the men’s halfpipe final.

Kim, who won the gold medal in halfpipe in her Olympic debut in PyeongChang and also was a two-time gold medalist in the Youth Olympic Games, was the only woman to score more than 90 points in Saturday’s finals and also in Thursday’s qualifying runs. She led a 1-2-3 American finish in qualifying with a run of 95.25.

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Kim scored 90.00 on her first run, then pushed things up on her second run for the 92.25. The third run turned into a victory lap for Kim.

Arielle Gold, an Olympic bronze medalist who was third in qualifying, finished fifth.

Miller had the crowd cheering loudly in the men’s finals when his strong second run landed a score of 94.00 and gave him the lead. But Scotty James of Australia responded on his final run with a score of 96.75 to win the competition.

Miller put down an impressive performance in his final run, but wasn’t able to cleanly land a 1440.

Josey finished third with a score of 90.50 on his third run.

Jake Pates finished eighth.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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