Chloe Kim Glides to Gold Medal Despite Hunger Pangs

Chloe Kim's coronation is complete as rising US star wins halfpipe gold in Pyeongchang

Chloe Kim's snowboarding career launched at 6 years old when her dad signed her up for a team because it was cheaper than lessons

After a disappointing 10th place finish in the men's skiathlon, 21-year-old Klaebo was in the mood for revenge as he lined up for the qualifiers.

Kim quit his job nearly a decade ago to help support his daughter's dream. "'My parents sacrificed their lives for me, therefore I have to find my way but also focus on their expectations, '" said Sarah Park.

Journalists from all around the world wanted to speak to the new Olympic champion.

Before her conquering third run, Chloe dedicated the effort to "Grams". Any sort of picture would do.

The story goes, her father arrived to this country in 1982 with $800 in his pocket and was the driving force behind the young athlete's success.

It was a circus.

In 2016, at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, she became the first woman in a halfpipe competition to land back-to-back 1080s - a daring trick involving three 360-degree mid-air spins. She is used to being in the spotlight.

Kim is arguably his daughter's biggest fan. She has entered a whole new world. It will be interesting to see how the 25-year-old's attitude shifts four years hence, at the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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She headed the North's delegation and has now returned home. "I didn't avoid the dictator's sister, but I did ignore her". The US is also committed to maintaining maximum pressure on the North until Pyongyang accepts the precondition.

Members of Kim's family whooped and hollered. Kim's teammate, Arielle Gold, overcame a dislocated shoulder during training to earn a bronze. American flags were raised towards the azure sky.

China's Jiayu Liu mounted a challenge to Kim, but it wasn't quite enough, and she won silver with a high score of 89.75 from her three runs. She and partner Aleksandr Krushelnitckii shook off the embarrassing moment to hold onto their lead and win 8-4. Some needed reminding that these were the "Peace" Games. I don't know about you, but when I think of an Olympic gold medal victor I don't usually think they're listening to "Motor Sport".

"Now I'm happy, all the stress is gone". And as it turns out, the key to winning a gold medal is not just a lot of hard work (though that should go unsaid).

Kim's journey included two years in Switzerland, where she lived with her aunt, learned French and honed her snowboarding skills.

As Long Beach-area residents, that meant a long drive to get Chloe to Mammoth Lakes every weekend - six hours each way. She said injuries made her reboot and reconnect with her love of the sport, regardless of the result. And honestly, can you blame her?

Also watching on, amazed by the attention, was Kim's mum. Kim celebrated at the end, pumping her fists as "USA!".

Follow Lauren on Instagram. Her No. 1 bib soaring into the South Korean sky, she put on a display that left the rest of the field and the thousands packed near the finish roaring their approval. What would she most like to eat? "And today, I really did it for my family and everything they've done for me".

The 24-year-old Stina, who has a superb sprinting pedigree, took control early in each of her races and the final was no different as she sped away up the first hill.

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