The two biggest names in American snowboarding have won gold medals at the Olympics. Riding legend Shaun White and 17-year-old phenom, Chloe Kim proved victorious in the mountains of PyeongChang last week. White became the first U.S. man to win gold in three separate winter games, while Kim became the most talked about athlete on the world’s biggest stage.
Shaun White Makes History
White has been on a strongly publicized redemption tour after a disappointing outing at the 2014 Olympics. So, when White took to the ramp on Wednesday, he knew he had to lay it all on the line. Although he never doubted himself, White momentarily lost the lead to Ayumu Hirano. American fans wondered if White had one more trick left in his bag, and the 31-year-old certainly delivered.
White left viewers in awe, landing a pair of 1440s, a trick that he allegedly never landed in a competition. For his efforts, White was awarded with a score of 97.75. His score was significantly better than Hirano’s and the rest of the field. Not only was his win a personal milestone, it was a historic gold for America as well – White’s performance resulted in the country’s 100th gold medal in the Winter Games.
Chloe Kim Arrives
With such high expectations placed on her, it’s hard to believe Chloe Kim is not even old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes. But on the mountains, her age and lack of experience did not seem to matter. Kim won gold for her performance in the women's snowboard halfpipe event. Her first run on the hill earned her a score of 93.75, good for a sizable lead over the remaining field. Other competitors valiantly attempted to upstage Kim, but her final score of 98.25 was good enough for her first gold medal. The record-setting win has already resulted in numerous sponsorship deals for Kim.