Chloe Kim celebrates winning the gold medal after the women's snowboard halfpipe finals at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Feb. 10, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China.
ZHANGJIAKOU, China – All hail the snowboard halfpipe queen: Chloe Kim.
The two-time Olympian scored a 94.00 first run to take home gold at Genting Snow Park on Thursday at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.
This becomes the Torrance, California, native’s second consecutive Olympic gold in her discipline, the first woman to ever do so.
Kim had a long wait before dropping down into the halfpipe during Thursday’s Olympic finals. The 21-year-old finished first during the qualifiers with an 87.25 on Wednesday, placing her at the end of the 12-woman field’s start list due to the reverse seeding.
Starting last in all three runs wasn’t a bother for the Olympic gold medalist. What was a bother for her, however, was not performing well in her practice runs leading up to the event.
This created more pressure than she would have liked.
“I just was so proud of myself,” said Kim following the halfpipe finals. “I had the worst practice ever. I probably landed my run twice when I’m used to landing it eight times, normally. So that kind of puts you in a weird headspace, and it was just felt so inconsistent. I don’t want to feel all this pressure of not being able to land my first safety run.
“I’ve been here before, and I just kind of reset and reminded myself that it’s just another run. I have a brand-new opportunity to go land it and that kind of calms me down a lot.”
Upon landing her first run, Kim came into the corral falling to her knees overcome with the emotion of landing her routine that troubled her in training. Her run featured a method air, frontside 1080 tail grab, cab 900, switch backside 540 and cab 1080.
“I was just overflowed with emotion when I was able to land it on the first go, and then it opened up a lot of opportunity for me to go try something new,” Kim said.