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Chloe Kim wins Winter X Games halfpipe at age 14

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Chloe Kim became the youngest Winter X Games gold medalist ever, overtaking the greatest women’s snowboarder of all time on her final run in the halfpipe final Saturday night.

Kim, who was born in 2000 and too young for the Sochi Olympics, scored 92 points in her third and final run (video here) in Aspen, Colo. She pushed four-time reigning X Games champion Kelly Clark to silver after Clark scored 90 in her first run. Two-time Olympic medalist Torah Bright was third.

So, Chloe Kim, how does it feel?

“My face kind of hurts right now,” Kim said on ESPN.

Kim, who won silver behind Clark last year, chipped a tooth in an earlier practice fall, according to ESPN, and wore a Nelly-like bandage on her left cheek.

Clark, 31 and a three-time Olympic medalist, soared more than 16 feet above the halfpipe, reportedly a new women’s X Games record. She won her 10th X Games halfpipe medal, tying Shaun White for the record in the event.

Kim was not alive when Clark and White made their Winter X Games debuts 15 years ago.

“In years to come, I’ll be able to look at women’s snowboarding and know that not only is it in good hands, but it’s in the hands of someone I’m proud of,” Clark said of Kim and others before the competition, according to The Associated Press and USA Today.

Kim has said she considers Clark an idol, standing in long lines to get Clark’s autograph and being mesmerized and speechless to ride a chairlift with Clark, according to the AP.

“All I could think was, ‘I’m going to get Kelly Clark powers now,’” Kim joked to the AP when retelling the chairlift story.

Earlier, Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper won a third straight ski slopestyle title, edging Olympic champion Joss Christensen 93.66 to 90.66. Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy was seventh. Christensen won his first career X Games medal.

Goepper failed to qualify outright and only made the eight-man field for the final after another skier dropped out.

Sweden’s Emma Dahlstrom won the women’s ski slopestyle. Dahlstrom, who was fifth in Sochi, scored 90.33 in the best of her three runs. U.S. Olympian Keri Herman was second at 86.66, followed by Canadian Olympic champion Dara Howell and U.S. Olympic silver medalist Devin Logan.

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Every Sochi Olympic halfpipe, slopestyle champion going to Dew Tour

Iouri Podladtchikov
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Eight Sochi Olympic champions will compete at the first top-level freeskiing and snowboarding event of the season, the Dew Tour Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colo., from Dec. 11-14.

The list of athletes released Wednesday includes every Sochi halfpipe and slopestyle gold medalist:

Jamie Anderson and Sage Kotsenburg, snowboard slopestyle
Maddie Bowman 
and David Wise, ski halfpipe
Joss Christensen and Dara Howell, ski slopestyle
Kaitlyn Farrington 
and Iouri Podladtchikov, snowboard halfpipe

In all, 21 of the 24 Sochi Olympic halfpipe and slopestyle medalists are going to Breckenridge. More information is available on the Dew Tour’s official site here.

Also in the fields are 2002 Olympic snowboard halfpipe champion Kelly Clark and Sochi silver medalists Ayumu Hirano (snowboard halfpipe), Gus Kenworthy (ski slopestyle), Devin Logan (ski slopestyle), Marie Martinod (ski halfpipe), Mike Riddle (ski halfpipe) and Enni Rukajarvi (snowboard slopestyle).

Sochi bronze medalists Nick Goepper (ski slopestyle), Jenny Jones (snowboard slopestyle), Kim Lamarre (ski slopestyle), Mark McMorris (snowboard slopestyle), Ayana Onozuka (ski halfpipe) and Kevin Rolland (ski halfpipe) are also slated to compete.

NBC will broadcast the Dew Tour Mountain Championships from 1-3 p.m. ET on Dec. 13 and 14. NBCSN will have coverage on Dec. 13 from 1-2:30 a.m. and Dec. 14 from 4-5:30 p.m.

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Feelin’ free: A memorable run in Sochi for freestyle skiers

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Some parts were thrilling. Other parts were chilling. But you couldn’t look away at the freestyle skiing action at these Sochi Olympics.

Four new events – men’s and women’s slopestyle and men’s and women’s halfpipe – brought a new level of excitement in Sochi and were a boon in particular to Team USA, which came away with three golds in those debuts from David Wise (halfpipe), Maddie Bowman (halfpipe), and Joss Christensen (slopestyle).

Freestyle skiing was also kind to our neighbors to the north with Canadian wins in men’s and women’s moguls (Alex Bilodeau/Justine Dufour-Lapointe), women’s slopestyle (Dara Howell), and women’s ski cross (Marielle Thompson).

The sport produced one of Sochi’s more memorable characters in Sweden’s Henrik “Wu-Tang is for the children” Harlaut.

And it also produced one of these Games’ most poignant moments too, as competitors paid tribute to late freeskiing pioneer Sarah Burke.

NBCOlympics.com’s Jason Stahl has those highlights and more in his compilation of the 14 most memorable freestyle moments from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Click here to check it out.