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Harvard hopeful Chloe Kim, 17, wins snowboard gold on the halfpipe as American teenager proves she is a cut above the rest in Pyeongchang

  • Teenager Chloe Kim won snowboard gold on the halfpipe at Pyeongchang 2018
  • The American's performance might well go down as the best of the winter games
  • Her winning score of 98.25 points was almost nine clear of Liu Jiayu in second
  • 'I'm so stoked,' the 17-year-old said. 'I'm on such a high, an adrenaline rush'
  • CLICK HERE to see all the latest results from the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang 

Chloe Kim had an interview recently for a place in Harvard. If the process goes anything like Tuesday's extraordinary audition for a place in Olympic history, then getting in to study business will be a formality for the teen star of these Games.

The American's performance in winning snowboard gold on the halfpipe might well go down as the best of Pyeongchang 2018. Even without a working understanding of the sport's nuances, it was glaringly obvious in the mountains that the 17-year-old was operating on an entirely different altitude to the rest.

Her winning score of 98.25 points was almost nine clear of second-placed Liu Jiayu of China and a further four beyond her US team-mate Arielle Gold.

America's Chloe Kim finished almost nine points clear of the field to win halfpipe gold

America's Chloe Kim finished almost nine points clear of the field to win halfpipe gold

The American's performance on Monday might well go down as the best of Pyeongchang 2018

The American's performance on Monday might well go down as the best of Pyeongchang 2018

But measuring her against the field was never going to be overly revealing because she is typically so dominant. Think Simone Biles in gymnastics. The better indicator of what played out in the Phoenix Snow Park was her score relative to perfect, which in snowboarding is 100. 

As it happens, she remains the only female to have hit that mark, doing so in 2016, and here she came so delightfully close with her third and final run.

By then, of course, she already knew she had won. Her first run of 93.75 was enough for gold. She then stumbled in her second and found time to tweet before her third. 'Wish I finished my breakfast sandwich but my stubborn self decided not to and now I'm getting hangry,' she wrote.

Quite casually, she then got on her board, pulled off back-to-back spins of 1080 degrees (again, she was the first woman in history to have managed the feat) and walked away with the prize.

It was obvious that the 17-year-old was operating on an entirely different altitude to the rest

It was obvious that the 17-year-old was operating on an entirely different altitude to the rest

Kim was good enough to go to Sochi back in 2014 aged 13 but was told she was too young

Kim was good enough to go to Sochi back in 2014 aged 13 but was told she was too young

The crowd. predictably, lapped it up. She is American but born to Korean parents, but the expectation and pressure was simply palmed off. She has, to all intents and purposes, been an Olympic champion in waiting for four years. 

She was good enough to go to Sochi 2014 aged 13 but was told she was too young; the intervening years have merely underlined she is the biggest talent in her discipline. Tuesday confirmed it.

'I'm so stoked,' she said. 'I'm on such a high, an adrenaline rush. I don't really know what just happened.

'I need to go home and process everything and I'll probably bawl my eyes out some more, but this has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl, so just to be here and to be able to do it when it mattered feels amazing.

'It's so good doing it in front of my parents. I was like, “Did you guys cry?” And my dad was like, “I didn't cry, but your mum cried like a baby”.

'It means a lot just being able to do it where my family is from. A lot of pressure, but I'm happy I was able to do it here and do it for the fans and the family. It was a really fun moment for everyone.'

Schedule Results Sports Medals Wednesday 7 February 10:00 Luge Luge Men's Singles Training Run 1 Friday 9 February 07:00 Luge Luge Women's Singles Training Run 1 Saturday 10 February 01:00 Snowboard Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Qualification Heat 1 04:30 Snowboard Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Qualification Heat 2 Sunday 11 February 04:30 Snowboard Snowboard Ladies' Slopestyle Qualification Heat 1 View full schedule Tuesday 13 February – TODAY 06:05 Skeleton Skeleton Men Official Training Heat 3 06:00 Alpine Skiing Alpine Skiing Men's Alpine Combined Slalom 04:56 Snowboard Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Qualification Run 2 04:40 Skeleton Skeleton Women Official Training Heat 4 04:00 Snowboard Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Qualification Run 1 View all results   All Sports Alpine Skiing Biathlon Bobsleigh Cross-Country Skiing Curling Figure Skating Freestyle Skiing Ice Hockey Luge Nordic Combined Short Track Speed Skating Skeleton Ski Jumping Snowboard Speed Skating   All Events 2-man 2x6km Women + 2×7.5km Men Mixed Relay 4-man Alpine Team Event Doubles Ice Dance Individual Gundersen LH/10km Individual Gundersen NH/10km Ladies Single Skating Ladies' 1,000m Ladies' 1,000m Ladies' 1,500m Ladies' 1,500m Ladies' 10km Free Ladies' 3,000m Ladies' 3,000m Relay Ladies' 4 x 5km Relay Ladies' 5,000m Ladies' 500m Ladies' 500m Ladies' 7.5km + 7.5km Skiathlon Ladies' Aerials Ladies' Alpine Combined Ladies' Big Air Ladies' Downhill Ladies' Giant Slalom Ladies' Halfpipe Ladies' Mass Start Ladies' Moguls Ladies' Normal Hill Individual Ladies' Parallel Giant Slalom Ladies' Ski Cross Ladies' Ski Halfpipe Ladies' Ski Slopestyle Ladies' Slalom Ladies' Slopestyle Ladies' Snowboard Cross Ladies' Sprint Classic Ladies' Super-G Ladies' Team Pursuit Ladies' Team Sprint Free Men Men Men Men Single Skating Men's 1,000m Men's 1,000m Men's 1,500m Men's 1,500m Men's 10,000m Men's 10km Sprint Men's 12.5km Pursuit Men's 15km + 15km Skiathlon Men's 15km Free Men's 15km Mass Start Men's 20km Individual Men's 4 x 10km Relay Men's 4×7.5km Relay Men's 5,000m Men's 5,000m Relay Men's 500m Men's 500m Men's 50km Mass Start Classic Men's Aerials Men's Alpine Combined Men's Big Air Men's Downhill Men's Giant Slalom Men's Halfpipe Men's Large Hill Individual Men's Mass Start Men's Moguls Men's Normal Hill Individual Men's Parallel Giant Slalom Men's Singles Men's Ski Cross Men's Ski Halfpipe Men's Ski Slopestyle Men's Slalom Men's Slopestyle Men's Snowboard Cross Men's Sprint Classic Men's Super-G Men's Team Men's Team Pursuit Men's Team Sprint Free Mixed Doubles Pair Skating Team Event Team Gundersen LH/4x5km Team Relay Women Women Women Women Women's 10km Pursuit Women's 12.5km Mass Start Women's 15km Individual Women's 4x6km Relay Women's 7.5km Sprint Women's Singles 1 2 3 4 5 6 View all sports Rank Country Total 1 Germany GER 4 1 2 7 Medal Atheletes Sport Laura Dahlmeier Biathlon Biathlon Women's 10km Pursuit Laura Dahlmeier Biathlon Biathlon Women's 7.5km Sprint Andreas Wellinger Ski Jumping Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill Individual Katharina Althaus Ski Jumping Ski Jumping Ladies' Normal Hill Individual Benedikt Doll Biathlon Biathlon Men's 12.5km Pursuit Johannes Ludwig Luge Luge Men's Singles 2 Netherlands NED 3 2 2 7 Medal Atheletes Sport Ireen Wust Speed Skating Speed Skating Ladies' 1,500m Carlijn Achtereekte Speed Skating Speed Skating Ladies' 3,000m Sven Kramer Speed Skating Speed Skating Men's 5,000m Sjinkie Knegt Short Track Speed Skating Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,500m Ireen Wust Speed Skating Speed Skating Ladies' 3,000m Marrit Leenstra Speed Skating Speed Skating Ladies' 1,500m Antoinette De jong Speed Skating Speed Skating Ladies' 3,000m 3 United States USA 3 1 2 6 Medal Atheletes Sport Chloe Kim Snowboard Snowboard Ladies' Halfpipe Redmond Gerard Snowboard Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Chris Mazdzer Luge Luge Men's Singles Maia Shibutani Alex Shibutani Figure Skating Figure Skating Team Event Arielle Gold Snowboard Snowboard Ladies' Halfpipe 4 Norway NOR 2 4 3 9 Medal Atheletes Sport Simen hegstad Krueger Cross-Country Skiing Cross-Country Skiing Men's 15km + 15km Skiathlon Maren Lundby Ski Jumping Ski Jumping Ladies' Normal Hill Individual Marte Olsbu Biathlon Biathlon Women's 7.5km Sprint Marit Bjoergen Cross-Country Skiing Cross-Country Skiing Ladies' 7.5km + 7.5km Skiathlon Martin johnsrud Sundby Cross-Country Skiing Cross-Country Skiing Men's 15km + 15km Skiathlon Johann andre Forfang Ski Jumping Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill Individual Hans christer Holund Cross-Country Skiing Cross-Country Skiing Men's 15km + 15km Skiathlon Robert Johansson Ski Jumping Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill Individual Sverre lunde Pedersen Speed Skating Speed Skating Men's 5,000m 5 Canada CAN 2 4 1 7 Medal Atheletes Sport Tessa Virtue Scott Moir Figure Skating Figure Skating Team Event Mikael Kingsbury Freestyle Skiing Freestyle Skiing Men's Moguls Justine Dufour-lapointe Freestyle Skiing Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Moguls Max Parrot Snowboard Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Ted-jan Bloemen Speed Skating Speed Skating Men's 5,000m Mark Mcmorris Snowboard Snowboard Men's Slopestyle View medal table

Kim said: 'I'm on such a high, an adrenaline rush. I don't really know what just happened'

Kim said: 'I'm on such a high, an adrenaline rush. I don't really know what just happened'

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