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17-Year-Old Snowboarder Chloe Kim Makes Her Olympic Debut. It Lands Her a Spot at the Top of the Podium

At 17 years old, Chloe Kim is one of the youngest members on Team USA. She was born on April 23, 2000.

As NBC Sports reports, Kim got her start as a snowboarder at the age of four— and she showed promise from the start.

Neither her mom or her dad were avid snowboarders or skiers when Kim first stepped onto a board. In fact, the only reason Kim tried snowboarding in the first place was because her dad wanted to learn; he dragged his daughter along as an excuse.

Now she’s hailed as one of the best snowboarders in the world, making history in 2016 when she became the first woman to ever throw and land two 1080s back to back and only the third person in the history of snowboarding to earn a perfect 100 score.

Kim’s score in the halfpipe semi-finals put her in the top spot going into the finals on Tuesday morning in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

And that’s where Kim stayed. She scored a 93.75 during her first ride:

She fell on her second ride, but by completing the back to back 1080s again for a score of 98.25 on her third and final ride, she solidified her spot at the top of the podium.

This is the 17-year-old’s first Olympic Gold medal and her first Olympic medal period. Another American snowboarder, Ariella Gold, medaled as well, taking home the bronze.

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