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Chloe Kim Glides to Gold Medal Despite Hunger Pangs

Snowboarder Chloe Kim celebrates with her mother (left) and father after winning a gold medal in the women’s halfpipe final at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Tuesday. /Yonhap

Many people might find competing at the Olympics to be nerve-racking, but for American snowboarder Chloe Kim, it was more hunger inducing on Tuesday.

“Wish I finished my breakfast sandwich but my stubborn self decided not to and now I’m getting hangry,” — a made-up word for hungry and angry — she tweeted between her second and third runs in the women’s halfpipe final at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

By the time she was back for the third run, Kim had already secured the gold medal but didn’t take it easy. She went for her big and signature move — three spins off one wall of the pipe followed by three more on the other — and nailed it. When her score of 98.25 points came up on the board, the crowd roared.

She was well ahead of silver medalist Liu Jiayu of China, who earned 89.75 points and Arielle Gold of the U.S. who took bronze with 85.75.

Kim is now the youngest-ever female gold medalist in all snowboarding disciplines.

Even cheerful Kim became tearful when she showed up at the medal ceremony. She said she was “honored” as a Korean descendant as she feels to represent both Korea and the U.S.


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