Chloe Kim repeats in Winter X Games snowboard superpipe
The Aspen Times
Chloe Kim won her second consecutive Winter X Games gold medal with a dominating performance Sunday afternoon in the snowy superpipe at Buttermilk Mountain.
Kim, who won her first gold last year in a scintillating duel with superpipe queen Kelly Clark, left no doubt this year when her second run — with huge amplitude — inspired the judges to produce a high score of 95.
Clark, this time, tried to re-create the 2015 dramatics. But a pair of falls on her first big trick spelled doom for the queen of the halfpipe and the woman with the most Winter X Games medals (13). She slipped down on her first run and again on the third run.
Clark’s streak of podium finishes dating to 2008 came to an end Sunday afternoon in the falling snow at Buttermilk as Kim repeated at the top.
“I put down the run I really wanted to,” Kim said, adding that she fell on her first run.
“That’s the first time I’ve fallen on that trick,” she said.
Her second attempt was flawless, as was her margin of victory.
With Sunday’s gold medal, Kim became the first Winter X athlete to win two gold medals before age 16.
Arielle Gold of Breckenridge, wearing a Terrell Davis Broncos jersey, won the silver medal Sunday afternoon with her first-run score of 86.
Xuetong Cai of China won the bronze medal in women’s snowboard superpipe — the first Chinese athlete to medal in the X Games, winter or summer.
She posted an 80.33 to take bronze back home to China.
Falling snow and reduced speed affected the snowboarders, who had trouble generating amplitude out of the halfpipe.
Even heavier snowfall Saturday night forced Winter X Games organizers to halt the men’s snowboard superpipe competition after only one run.
Course crews were out early Sunday morning to prep the X Games venues after more than a foot of heavy, wet snow fell overnight in Aspen. More than 14 inches were reported in the region.
The event went off without delay Sunday in spite of the snowy complications.
The women’s snowboard superpipe event concluded the sporting events for Winter X Games 2016.
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