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


Arielle Gold, a 22-year-old who snuck into the 12-rider finals with a 12th-place qualifying run, stole the bronze medal with a tremendous final run, improving on her previous best run by more than 10 points with an 85.75.

Kim's final run earned her a almost ideal score from the judges. Kim nearly seems tailor made for endorsement deals.

Chloe Kim poses with her gold medal in Pyeongchang on February 13.

Teenage American sensation Chloe Kim delighted fans in Pyeongchang by winning gold in the women's snowboard halfpipe.

Kim put up a score of 93.75 on the first of her three finals runs and then bettered it with a near-perfect 98.75 on her last run with the gold already well in hand.

Ahead of the Games, Kim also started working with brands like Nabsico, Visa, Toyota, and Samsung.

"It's such an honor to just represent the the country where my parents emigrated from", Kim said in the interview. The companies have featured her in several emotionally charged, biographical commercials.

But it's Kim's athletic charisma and jaw-dropping talent that makes her most appealing.

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In Jeongseon, Hirscher's combined two-run time was 0.23 seconds faster than silver medalist Alexis Pinturault of France. Her final score came in at 98.25 - marking a fever-pitch finish. "I'm excited to have them there". "No one wants to hear from a boring person!"

Writer and social media addict. Oreos, Skittles, a fully loaded waffle and a Homer Simpson-approved donut have all made cameos on her Instagram. "Not just win, but she killed it". She was wearing a black neck warmer with "Chloe" embroidered on it and holding a poster that said "Go! Not because it's where she is - but because it's where THEY are".

"This one's for grams", Kim recalled thinking, provoking a round of "Awwws" in the post-competition news conference.

"She's still a kid!"

Here's all you need to know about her Rocky Mountain cred. "But they only charged $450 for the whole season if you were on the team". "Not many people have this kind of opportunity". She entered the quadrennium between the games with the kind of expectations reserved for the Shaun Whites of the snowboarding world.

"While snowboarding may be less popular with the upcoming generations - the industry is well aware of it and has begun the pivot toward fixing that", Lindsey said. Someone to be its face - and an icon.

"Chloe's an outstanding snowboarder, but I'm more proud of her for how she's handled herself as a person", Clark said.