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Chloe Kim has plenty of pressure on her in PyeongChang

Chloe Kim has plenty of pressure on her in PyeongChang

Her fellow American Arielle Gold won bronze, and Kelly Clark narrowly missed the podium after sitting in third place for two runs. That got her a 93.75 - good enough to win.

The teenager, who has melted the hearts of home fans in Pyeongchang thanks to her ever-ready smile and Korean heritage, justified her status as the hot favourite with an eye-popping top score of 98.25.

"She tugged on my sleeve and asked to go up the lift with me", recalled Clark.

"I mean, mascot's really cute", Kim said.

Kim, who has family links to South Korea, demonstrated her podium-topping potential in qualifying yesterday with a score of 95.50 that proved untouchable.

Liu then washed out on her last trip down the longest Olympic halfpipe since the sport made its debut in 1998, turning Kim's last run into a victory lap.

On the last run of Tuesday's sun-splashed final, Kim hit back-to-back 1080-degree spins on her second and third jumps - repeating a combination no other woman has ever done in a competition.

Gold was the youngest member of the US halfpipe team for the 2014 Olympics at age 17, but suffered a separated shoulder on a practice run and was unable to compete in Sochi.

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Two years ago, Kim became the first woman to land back-to-back 1080 tricks in competition.

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She is the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s in competition previous year and sits atop the world rankings for halfpipe.

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Chloe Kim's parents are originally from Seoul, and she said she has been reconnecting with relatives here in Pyeongchang. She might even get that ice cream.

When she was just 13, the Californian was too young for the 2014 Sochi Games, but four years later, the multiple X Games, World Snowboard Tour and Winter Youth Olympics victor is considered a big contender in the women's halfpipe.

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