Chloe Kim was on a snowboard by age 4, competing at age 6 and winning junior nationals at 7. Her father has since been there just about every step of the way.
Jong-Jin Kim, who was born in South Korea and moved to the U.S. to pursue an engineering degree at Cal State Long Beach, quit his job when his daughter was 8 to support her riding.
He drove her six hours to Mammoth Mountain, Calif., each weekend so she could train, forming a makeshift bed for her in their SUV.
Kim became a halfpipe prodigy, qualifying for the Olympic team four years ago at age 13. She was too young to go to Sochi, though.
Kim followed that by winning three of the last four X Games titles. She is the only woman to land back-to-back 1080s, making her the PyeongChang favorite among a possible U.S. medal sweep.
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For the first time in history, the United States won the Olympic gold medal in curling.
A week ago, it didn’t seem like that would happen. Sitting at 2-4 and with a game against behemoth Canada coming up, John Shuster captained the United States to three consecutive wins (over Canada, Switzerland, and Great Britain) to squeak into the semifinals. From there, they took down Great Britain before completing the run against Sweden in the gold medal game.
Tied at 5-5 in the eighth end, Shuster was able to hit both of Sweden’s rocks out of the house, giving the United States an incredible five points and a 10-5 lead heading into the ninth.
NBCOlympics.com: Watch: Team USA scores five points in eighth end
After that, it was all about protecting the lead. Just a few minutes later Swedish skip Niklas Edin conceded the game, and it was the United States standing on top of the podium for the first time ever in the sport of curling.
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One week after shocking the world by winning a gold medal in Alpine skiing, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic strapped back into a snowboard and won a gold medal in her primary sport.
Ledecka, the No. 1 ranked athlete in women’s parallel giant slalom snowboarding, qualified for the finals of that event with the fastest time, then won four consecutive head-to-head races to claim her second gold medal of the PyeongChang Olympics.
With the win, Ledecka is the first woman to win gold medals in two different sports at the same Winter Olympics.
Results: Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom
Gold: Ester Ledecka (CZE)
Silver: Selina Joerg (GER)
Bronze: Ramona Hofmeister (GER)
4. Alena Zavarzina (OAR)
5. Benjamin Karl (AUT)
6. Stefan Baumeister (GER)
7. Roland Fischnaller (ITA)
8. Edwin Coratti (ITA)
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