PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – American teenager Chloe Kim lived up to expectations with a dominant performance during qualifying for the ladies snowboard halfpipe on Monday.
Kim, the Korean-American who has become the poster child for Pyeongchang 2018, looked superior to the rest of the field during both runs of qualifying. The 17-year-old scored the two highest runs of the day of 91.50 and 95.50 to finish in first place heading into Tuesday’s final.
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The American, ranked first in the world coming into the Olympics, scored almost eight points more than her nearest rival Jiayu Liu of China.
However, Liu wasn’t focusing solely on the teenage sensation ahead of the final.
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“There are lots of great athletes in this event,” said Liu, who is competing in her third Olympics.
“It is going to come down to who can...
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