Source - By the time she stepped up for her third run, Chloe had already sealed the gold medal, but she was unsatisfied. She thought she could do better than a 93.75. She wanted to go for her hardest run.
“I knew if I went home with the gold medal knowing that I could do better, I wasn’t going to be very satisfied,” Kim said. “That situation, I did put down a really good first run, but I was like, ‘I can do better than that. I can one-up myself.’ The third run was for me to prove to myself if I did it, and I could go home really happy and excited.”
She more than proved it to herself by nailing the trick only she and Shaun White have done: the back-to-back 1080s. And just like that, a star was born—the first female to land consecutive 1080s in the Olympic halfpipe. She earned a score of 98.25, more than eight points ahead of Chinese silver medalist Liu Jiayu.
These Winter Olympics are frustrating. There are so many great stories like always, but this time difference and NBC’s mediocre coverage is killing me. The fact NBC doesn’t allow anyone to share cool clips or gifs or videos on their personal Twitter makes it so you could not even know the Olympics are going on at all if you try and just follow online. It’s such a stupid decision by them- I mean you can look at the booming popularity of the NBA and they are the most lenient about social media usage. When it comes down to it- the world lives on the Internet now and there’s nothing anyone can do to change that. Not many people have time to sit down at night and watch the coverage until midnight. We want quick videos on Twitter, and these Winter Olympics are lacking in that department.
But I digress, back to the cool stories, enter Chloe Kim. The daughter of immigrants
destroyed every other snowboarder in her path, on the way to earning gold. And what did she do in between runs? She Tweeted about food, obviously.
And then she casually pulled out a 98.25. What a boss.
What a legend.
And then the cherry on top:
THANK YOU! Just because she is on the biggest stage in the world, with all eyes on her from sea to shining sea…what else is she gonna do when waiting for her run? Gotta tweet, it’s what Twitter is for, doesn’t matter if you’re waiting for your girlfriend to finish trying on clothes at Nordstrom or waiting to try and win a gold medal.
So shout out to future president Chloe Kim. Congrats on the gold and for being a beast.