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Chloe Kim's Olympic gold secures American dream for her family

Chloe Kim's Olympic gold secures American dream for her family

Chloe Kim, of the United States, celebrates winning gold in the women's halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 13, 2018.

The 17-year-old athlete's father, Jong Jin Kim, set the Twittersphere on fire following her performance in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Congrats to Kim on her epic victory.

Her place in the sport will be pivotal.

Instead, she ate up the rest of the field.

Pulling out a spectacular array of tricks on each of her three runs - the third of which earned her 98.25 points out of a possible 100 - Kim drew huge cheers from home fans and USA fans alike.

"I knew that I did put down a really good first run, but I was also like, 'I can do better than that".

"I was like, 'I can't cry right now".

Last night, Americans watched Chloe bring home a gold medal, her proud father looking on, as always. Now a gold medalist, she made history with back-to-back 1080s in her final halfpipe run. The win ticks another box in the career of Kim, who at 17 is already regarded as one of the best snowboarders in US history. "I also want her to live with fun". "I feel like no regrets is the best way to go". Now, Kim will turn to another American tradition: The intense media and appearances tour that will turn her from a snowboarding star into a national icon.

"She was born in year of dragon", he said. "I don't know if I could do that if I was in his shoes, quit work and travel with our kid full time, leave your life behind".

As Kim admitted before the competition, she was already hangry after not finishing her breakfast sandwich.

With victory assured before her final run, the enormity of her achievement suddenly hit her. Back in 2014, she couldn't go to Sochi because she was too young.

That was a 93.75 that included only one 1080 (three revolutions). When Liu or anyone else couldn't crack 90 on their final runs, Kim, waiting at the top of the pipe, hugged and high-fived her coaches. "Not just win, but she killed it". "It's kind of hard", Kim said.

"I had 2 churros today and they were pretty bomb so if you ever get nervous go eat a churro", she wrote.

"To be able to push through that was about proving to myself that I am able to overcome anything that's thrown at me", Gold said. "Those tears are obviously tears of joy", Kim said. Authorities even had to take her through an alternate entrance when she arrived in Seoul because press had mobbed the airport.

In many respects, a torch was passed.

American teenager Chloe Kim and Austrian ski ace Marcel Hirscher lit up the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Tuesday on a day of drama that included the first doping scandal of the Games.

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