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Kim posted a high score of 98.25, with China’s Liu Jiayu (89.75) and the United States’ Arielle Gold (85.75) rounding out the medal podium. Since Kim had the two highest overall scores in the event, ESPN The Magazine‘s Mina Kimes argued she should’ve occupied the first and second places on the medal stand:
Mina Kimes @minakimes
I think that means Chloe Kim wins the gold *and* the silver, seems pretty clear to me
Kim headed for Pyeongchang with sky-high expectations. She won four gold medals in snowboard SuperPipe at the Winter X Games and collected a pair of golds in halfpipe and slopestyle at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics.
The 17-year-old had the highest score during qualifying (95.50), and she wasted little time putting the field on notice during Monday’s final. She climbed into first place after the first run with a score of 93.75.
NBC Olympics shared a replay of her run:
NBC Olympics @NBCOlympics
Chloe Kim has thrown down the HAMMER with her first run. #WinterOlympics https://t.co/D65Nuoyydu https://t.co/r6UJ7df38X
Bleacher Report’s Joon Lee showed Kim celebrating with her family at the bottom of the cou