Snowboarding: Teenager Kim wins halfpipe gold


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – American teenager Chloe Kim blew away the rest of the field to win the women’s snowboard halfpipe gold at Pyeongchang’s Phoenix Snow Park on Tuesday.

China’s Liu Jiayu took silver while Arielle Gold of the U.S. won bronze.

The 17-year-old Kim produced a top score of 98.25 points on her third and final run to beat Liu by almost 10 points.

In front of the largest crowd seen at Phoenix Snow Park so far, Kim had also scored 93.75 on her first run.

Liu was also consistent on two of her three runs, scoring 85.50 on her first run and then 89.75 on her second, but was unable to keep up the pressure on Kim with 49.00 on her third and final time down the course.

Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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