Chloe Kim: America’s 17 -year-old snowboarding sensation

( CNN) She’s precisely 17 years old, half the age of some of her teammates, but snowboarder Chloe Kim isn’t at the Winter Olympics precisely to make up the numbers.

When she was 15, Kim became the first female snowboarder in biography to land back-to-back 1080 position revolves in rivalry, at the US Snowboarding Grand Prix in February 2016.

I’ve this unique opportunity to represent both Korea and the US

That combination demonstrated her a perfect score of 100, a feat only otherwise achieved by the famous Shaun White.

In Monday’s halfpipe qualifying scampers in Pyeongchang, Kim tallied 91.50 — nearly four details better than any of her challengers. In the final, she clinched gold with her first run and then wowed the crowd with a fantastic second effort to earn a near-perfect tally of 98.25 out of 100.

“There was a lot of distres, but I’m glad I was able to do it here and do it for the followers and their own families, ” she said.

“I’m so pleased to see you both I was able to region and being here is so exciting, this has been a dream of mine.”

In short, though her occupation is only just beginning, Kim is already well on the way to becoming a mythology of her play. And she doesn’t exactly have the expectations of one nation resting on her shoulders.

“It’s very special, ” Kim told CNN. “I feel like I have this unique opportunity to represent both Korea and the US.

“Everyone’s really happy and I think this is the best scenario ever. At the end of the day, I’m so grateful that I get to be out here and represent the US in the two countries that their own families came from. It’s a very big blessing.”

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