Chloe-mania! Olympic fans go ga-ga over American 'icon'

Chloe-mania! Olympic fans go ga-ga over American 'icon'

Chloe-mania! Olympic fans go ga-ga over American 'icon'

To her, it meant everything.

Tuesday was a great day in the halfpipe at the Pyeongchang Games: Chloe Kim fulfilled her Olympic destiny while hangry, while Shaun White reminded the world he's still the greatest.

Kim was considered the favorite for the gold heading to PyeongChang - her first Olympics - but with her event-topping, near-perfect 98.25 score, managed to exceed expectations. When the 17-year-old American snowboarder isn't wrecking her peers in the halfpipe, contorting and twisting and writing up new laws of gravity on the fly, she's doing normal teen stuff, like tweeting about the particulars of her snacking habits, sometimes in the middle of competition.

She has commanded the progression in women's snowboarding for at least two years now, and it was hard to imagine anyone beating her on the sport's biggest stage, at her official coming-out party.

"It's kind of a insane coincidence that my first Olympics is the country my parents came from", said Kim, who is from Torrance, California.

"I've been really trying to clean up all the little details and I think I just did that, so I'm really excited", she said".

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Shiffrin has dominated the slalom for five years, including her Olympic gold as a teenager and the past three world titles. Video of the slalom hill showed that it was a complete whiteout, making the decision to put off the event look wise .

Even after she had clinched the gold medal, she chose to compete with herself on her third run.

She didn't have to do it. On her third run, she executed three spins on the left side of the halfpipe, whooshed up the other wall and pulled off the same trick on that side.

China's Jiayu Liu took silver.

Everyone's talking about Chloe Kim, the 17-year-old snowboarder and new Olympic gold medalist. Hirscher can add two more gold medals in the slalom and giant slalom.

The big spike is Kim gaining 66,652 followers between 03:00 and 03:30 (22:00-22:30 EST).

Canada was scheduled to face off against Switzerland later Tuesday in the mixed doubles gold-medal match. Kim's teammate, Arielle Gold, overcame a dislocated shoulder during training to earn a bronze.

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Stina Nilsson of Sweden won the women's cross-country sprint.

When asked why she was tweeting during competitions, the teen answered, "Like, what else are you supposed to do?".

According to International Olympic Committee rules, there is no specific age limit to compete in the Olympic Games.

Lamoureux-Davidson had the fastest back-to-back goals in Olympic history, scoring 6 seconds apart in the second period as the United States shut out the team of Russian athletes 5-0 on Tuesday night. "I don't know how my 13-year-old self would have dealt with it". The Americans' clash against Canada will sort out positioning for the semifinals, as both teams are now 2-0 in pool play.

The Dutch have now won eight of 12 medals at the Pyeongchang Games, keeping them on the stunning medal pace set at the 2014 Sochi Games when they finished with 23 out of 36.

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