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Winter Olympics: The 'unstoppable' snowboarder who simply needs ice cream

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Mikaela Shiffrin will start favourite in the slalom in PyeongChang

Not to quiet whatever doubters may remain in a sport where she's stamping herself as an all-time great as a teenager, but to herself.

Kim set the bar extremely high on her first run, landing a backside air, frontside 1080, cab 720, frontside 900, McTwist and frontside inverted 720. Her score there was a 93.75, which put her almost nine points clear of the other 11 riders, none of whom would crack 90. She put together a 93.75 during her first run, one that included just one 1080, not the two that have become her trademark.

The Olympic gold medal was already hers but she knew she could do better. "It's been a dream of mine since I was a little girl, to land a run that's very important for me". "I drank my beer, just one, no hangover".

"I was trying so hard to hold the tears back, cause I was like, 'I can't cry right now, I can't do this, I worked so hard on my eyeliner, '" Kim quipped in a February 12 interview reported by People.

"I mean, mascot's really cute", Kim said. "And today, I really did it for my family and everything they've done for me". Jong Jin Kim emigrated from South Korea to the United States in 1982 with $800 cash.

Kim was the top rider on a very strong US team which had a realistic chance to sweep the podium.

He explained that to him, Chloe Kim is the American dream. "So he took me as bait". She's got a gold pearl in her mouth.

Jin also got to experience the Olympics as a spectator, watching South Korean short track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun win gold in the men's 1,500 meters on Saturday at Gangneung Ice Arena.

"What would happen is that he would carry me out of bed", Chloe recalled in 2016.

"I work hard but play even harder". Kim tweeted early Tuesday morning.

It is not the first time Kim has shared her food cravings while waiting for her turn to snowboard. It was also something of a homecoming. I love meeting them. "But at the end of the day, I'm here - and I'm so happy".

"When I couldn't make the team in Sochi due to my age - it felt like such a long journey", she said after Monday's qualifying runs, according to a transcript from the Olympics' news service.

With the 2018 Winter Olympics in full swing, we are going to hand out our own medals for what you may have missed around the Olympic Games.

Now, with the benefit of hindsight, she acknowledges the ruling was in place for a reason.

After scoring just below the 100 mark, Kim said the run wasn't quite flawless - but we'll note that it was closer to perfection than anything the thousands of spectators and media had ever seen.

"I can one up myself", Kim said.

Kim delivered scores of 91.50, and then - after tweeting about ice cream - 95.50 in her qualifying runs, making her the top qualifier by a wide margin.

Their paths first crossed in the lift line at Mammoth Mountain when Kim was eight.

So she went for it. "It was pretty cute".

Kim is arguably his daughter's biggest fan.

Both have their place assured in the history books.

A few women successfully landed the trick, but none could match Kim's score. She had attempted it on her second run but fell on the second 1080 attempt.

The media glare and global acclaim in Pyeongchang is likely to far exceed anything Kim has experienced before. She has exceeded every one. "She's handled success and pressure with grace and class, and it's refreshing". For Clark, 34, this was a chance to add to her medal collection.

"I'm still looking up to the big screen to see the result".

They aren't as good as humans, but watch out!

But deep down, she knows where the real thanks belonged.

"In this competition there were some weird calls by the technical specialist so I don't know exactly what they have seen".

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