Watch Chloe Kim become the first woman to score perfect 100

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Already a halfpipe prodigy, Chloe Kim entered greatest-of-all-time territory at the 2016 U.S. Grand Prix at Park City.

Kim, then 15, became the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s in a contest and scored a perfect 100 points, believed to be the second rider ever to do so, last Feb. 6. The first was Shaun White at the 2012 Winter X Games.

Not bad company.

Kim, a full-fledged Olympic gold-medal favorite, co-headlines with White the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., this week, airing on NBC, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

In Park City last year, Kim said she couldn’t put into words the accomplishment of landing back-to-back 1080s.

“For a while now [I’ve been wanting to land them],” she said, “but I didn’t think I’d be doing it here.”

Kim, the daughter of South Korean immigrants, would have competed in the Sochi Olympics, but she was too young by 16 months.

So Kim continued racking up domestic and international titles, including at the 2015 and 2016 X Games and the 2016 Youth Olympics.

Now she’s in line to be among the first Americans born in the 2000s to compete in the Winter Olympics next year, with a snowfall of sponsors including Target, Toyota and the South Korean cosmetics brand Laneige.

“I wasn’t expecting it at all,” Kim said recently. “I’m really happy with everything, still having a good time, which is really important. I just try to see it in a positive way, that definitely keeps me away from the pressure.”

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Yulia Efimova wags finger as Lilly King rivalry heats up (video)

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The Lilly KingYulia Efimova rivalry is back on, but this time the Russian is wagging her finger.

Efimova missed the 100m breaststroke world record by .01 in the semifinals at the world swimming championships in Budapest on Monday.

Efimova celebrated her time by finger wagging, an homage to King’s famous move in the ready room at the Rio Olympics.  She and King will go head to head in the final as the top two seeds on Tuesday after King won her later semifinal in a personal-best time .17 slower than Efimova.

“I’m always looking at the results from the heat before,” King told media in Budapest, adding that she wasn’t shaved for Monday’s semifinals. “I saw a little finger wag. I saw it. It’s just motivating me more, so that’s OK.”

King, who criticized Efimova’s presence in Rio after serving a doping ban, beat the Russian in the Olympic 100m breaststroke final last year.

Efimova served a 16-month ban for testing positive for the banned steroid DHEA in 2013. She again tested positive in February 2016 for meldonium, though she said she stopped taking it before it became a banned substance Jan. 1 and was absolved along with other athletes.

“You’ve been caught for drug cheating, I’m just not a fan,” King memorably said in Rio, adding last fall, “[Doping] was on all of our minds. We had team meetings talking about what it was going to be like. We were going to be racing dopers, and we all knew it.”

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Katinka Hosszu wins 200m IM as swimmer leaves pool mid-race (video)

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Hungarian Katinka Hosszu delivered the gold-medal performance a raucous Budapest crowd hoped for at the world swimming championships.

Canadian Sydney Pickrem, a medal favorite, appeared to get out of the pool after 50 meters. Swimming Canada later said she “took on water” approaching the first wall.

“Unfortunately it inhibited her to the point where she wasn’t able to continue in the race,” a press release said.

Hosszu won her third straight world title in the 200m individual medley, clocking 2:07.00 at the frenzied Danube Arena. The Olympic champion and world-record holder was followed by Japan’s Yui Ohashi (2:07.91) and American Madisyn Cox (2:09.71).

“Just another stepping stone,” said Cox, who finished her University of Texas career this year and made her major international debut in Budapest. “Of course, I want to be better. That time will come.”

Hosszu was the overwhelming favorite, given she held the three fastest times in the world this year going into Monday’s final. The “Iron Lady” became the first woman to win 10 individual world championships medals, a mark that Sarah SjostromKatie Ledecky and Yulia Efimova can surpass later in the meet. Retired Australian Leisel Jones won nine, all in breaststroke.

Hosszu scratched her other event Monday night, the 100m backstroke, one of three events she won at the Rio Olympics. Hosszu could earn medals in the 200m backstroke and 400m individual medley later this week.

Pickrem ranked No. 3 in the world this year and had the third-fastest time in the semifinals behind Hosszu and American Melanie Margalis, who finished fourth.

Women’s 200m Individual Medley Results
Gold: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) — 2:07.00
Silver: Yui Ohashi (JPN) — 2:07.91
Bronze: Madisyn Cox (USA) — 2:09.71
4. Melanie Margalis (USA) — 2:09.82
5. Runa Imai (JPN) — 2:09.99
6. Kim Seoyeong (KOR) — 2:10.40
7. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (GBR) — 2:10.41
DQ. Sydney Pickrem (CAN)

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