Chloe Kim received snowboard halfpipe gold with outstanding ease to maintain her Winter Olympic name from 2018.
Unbeaten considering the fact that 2019, the 21-12 months-antique American blew away her opposition with a 94.00 rating on her commencing run.
Such became her lead, Kim tried 1260s – in no way earlier than landed in girls’s halfpipe opposition – on her second and 0.33 runs but fell each times.
Spain’s Queralt Castellet gained silver with ninety.25 at the same time as Japan’s Sena Tomita took the bronze medal with 88.25.
Speaking approximately her emotional response to touchdown her first run, Kim said: “I turned into so proud of myself.
“I had the worst exercise ever. I probable landed my run twice once I’m used to touchdown it 8 times, usually, and so that puts you in a weird headspace. It felt so inconsistent.
“I didn’t want to sense all that stress of having to land my first protection run [in competition]. I overflowed with emotion when I was capable of land it on the first cross, and it unfolded a variety of opportunity for me to go strive something new.”
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In Pyeongchang four years ago, Kim – then simply 17 – became the youngest female to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal.
But within the aftermath of her achievement, she struggled with the pressures and reputation that followed it, and later took 19 months far from the game in 2019-20 and enrolled at Princeton University in New Jersey.
Following her go back to snowboarding in 2021, she won a second World Championship gold before touchdown her sixth X-Games identify.
“I am more organized this time,” she introduced. “Luckily, it turned into a gaining knowledge of curve since the ultimate time.
“Now that I’ve grown up a little extra and I apprehend barriers and I even have an superb therapist, so I assume it’ll make the adventure plenty greater attainable.”
Her victory at the Beijing Games makes her the primary woman to win lower back-to-returned snowboard halfpipe titles in Olympic history.
The occasion turned into added to the Olympic programme in 1998 – years before Kim become born.
Like father, like son
Elsewhere, Austria’s Johannes Strolz won gold within the men’s Alpine blended – and created a bit piece of records.
The 29-12 months-old’s fulfillment sees him emulate his father Hubert, who finished first in the equal field in Calgary in 1988. They are the first father-son pair to win an Olympic title within the identical Alpine snowboarding occasion.
Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde observed up his bronze within the guys’s outstanding-G with a silver and Canada’s James Crawford took the bronze.
Kilde’s medal follows a difficult Games thus far for his associate, American Mikaela Shiffrin.
Shiffrin was a favourite for medals in each the large slalom and the slalom but pulled up early in her attempts at each occasions. She has counseled she might make manner for a group-mate to finish in her area in Friday’s extraordinary G.
Kilde had defended Shiffrin within the wake of her surprise early exits and Shiffrin duly congratulated him on his fulfillment via social media.
Strolz become additionally thinking about his nearest and dearest after selecting up his medal.
“It way the arena to me due to the fact I changed into not at the crew any extra closing summer time, and made it returned into the team, got the total assist again,” he said.
“When I consider it, all the pictures and the gold medal of my father, it’s difficult for me now not to cry. It’s only a dream coming genuine.”
Ireland’s Jack Gower, a far off relative of former England cricket captain David Gower, finished 12th.
Johaug and Schouten earn second golds
Norway’s Therese Johaug received gold in the ladies’s 10km conventional to feature to an outstanding medal haul.
The 33-year-vintage, who also gained the first gold medal at this year’s Winter Olympics – in the 15km skiathlon on Saturday, got here into the Games with 19 World Championship medals to her call and received bronze over this distance at Sochi in 2014.
Finland’s Kerttu Niskanen, completed much less than half of a 2d at the back of to win the silver with her compatriot Krista Parmakoski securing the bronze medal.
There become a 2d gold of the Games too for Irene Schouten of the Netherlands, who introduced the speed skating five,000m identify to her victory in the 3,000m in advance in the week.
Schouten, the arena 5,000m champion, set an Olympic record with a winning time of six minutes forty three.Fifty one seconds.
Silver went to Canada’s Isabelle Weidemann, with Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic getting bronze.
In the guys’s snowboard cross, Austria’s Alessandro Haemmerle took the gold medal in a image finish from Eliot Grondin of Canada, with Italy’s Omar Visintin 1/3.
A star-studded quartet of Natalie Geisenberger, Johannes Ludwig and Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt helped Germany side to gold inside the luge group relay.
All 4 had already received throughout the women’s singles, guys’s singles and doubles in Beijing and they narrowly pipped Austria, with Latvia prevailing the bronze medal.
Meanwhile, Ashley Caldwell, Christopher Lillis and Justin Schoenefeld helped america win gold in the inaugural combined crew aerials.
Hosts China, who ended up with silver, led early on however Lillis recorded the best rating of the competition (a hundred thirty five.00) before Schoenefeld sealed their victory. Canada held off Switzerland to win the bronze.