Olympic torch passed to high-flying kids at the pipe

Silver medalist Jiayu Liu of China, gold medalist Chloe Kim of the United States and bronze medalist Arielle Gold of the United States pose during the victory ceremony for the Snowboard Ladies' Halfpipe Final on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park. February 12, 2018. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

BONGPYEONG-MYEON, South Korea– Of all the Kims in Korea, color Chloe golden.

The Olympic torch passed gracefully yet forcefully under cerulean sky Tuesday as Chloe Kim dominated the women’s halfpipe the way fellow Mammoth shredder Kelly Clark once did.

Kim, 17, won the gold medal while Colorado’s Arielle Gold grabbed the bronze on her final run to slip past Clark, who at 34 is a snowboarding heroine after competing in her fifth Winter Olympics.

“Not a lot of people get to stay around long enough to see what their legacy will be,” said Clark, a three-time medalist who was fourth for the second time.

From anyone’s vantage point, it’s sure looks good with Kim strapped into an oblong-shaped board that skims across a carved-out ice canyon. The teen who grew up in Orange County gained 100,000 Twitter followers as she somersaulted down the halfpipe after an early morning snow covered the Korean ski resort in a glowing alpine scene.

She scored an impressive 93.75 points out of 100 on her first run, putting pressure on the 11 other riders who reached the final.

Liu Jiayu prevented an American sweep by winning the silver medal with a score of 89.75.

Silver medalist Jiayu Liu of China, gold medalist Chloe Kim of Mammoth and bronze medalist Arielle Gold of Colorado pose during the victory ceremony for halfpipe. (Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

Although Kim already secured the gold after Liu’s final attempt, it wasn’t enough for a kid who was considered the world’s best at 13 but too young to compete at the Sochi Games.

Kim blasted through the pipe in a coronation cruise to win with a statement-making 98.25 points –an eye-popping score reserved for snowboarding gods.

Gold, 21, reached the podium with a worthy third-run that scored 85.75 points to edge Clark, who had three solid attempts …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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