Chloe Kim said after her second run at the Dew Tour women’s snowboarding modified superpipe final that she was frustrated earlier in the week trying to find her line on the new course.
None of that showed Sunday as the Olympic halfpipe champion blew away the competition from her very first run.
The 18-year-old phenom scored a 94.67 on her first run. Her score was more than 12 points ahead of the second-best mark of the first run, and after two runs the closest person to her was Spain’s Queralt Castellet with an 85.33.
Castellet had one more chance to move closer to Kim but a mistake on the opening slopestyle jump before entering the pipe ended that and opened the door for U.S. Olympian Maddie Mastro.
Mastro, who scored an 84.00 on her second run, put together a strong third run that included an inverted 720 into a frontside 900 and scored an 88.00 to win the silver medal. Castellet finished with the bronze and Kim, as she has done so many times before, took a glory run to close out the day.
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Athletes were competing for the first time at the Dew Tour in a modified superpipe, which featured slopestyle jumps before and after the pipe.
Kim also won gold in her first international competition since PyeongChang last weekend at the world cup opener at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Mastro finished second in that event as well.
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.