Winter Olympics 2018: Snowboarder Chloe Kim, 17, Wins Gold for the U.S. in Women’s Halfpipe

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Gold medalist Chloe Kim of the United States and bronze medalist Arielle Gold of the United States pose during the victory ceremony for the Snowboard Ladies' Halfpipe Final on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  Clive Rose/Getty Images

Chloe Kim, 17, won gold in the women’s halfpipe event at the 2018 Winter Olympics on Monday, February 12, giving the U.S. its third gold medal in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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The teen from Southern California, who was competing in her first Olympic games, is the first female snowboarder to complete back-to-back 1080s in competition and scored an incredible 98.25 to nab the gold. China’s Jiayu Liu took silver and fellow American Arielle Gold earned the bronze.

The first generation Korean-American seemed to take all the excitement in stride, tweeting about eating to calm the butterflies in her stomach.

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Over the weekend she wrote about downing two churros — “they were pretty bomb so if you ever get nervous go eat a churro,” she tweeted.

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On Monday, during her competition, she tweeted, “Could be down for some ice cream rn,” and followed it up with, “Wish I finished my breakfast sandwich but my stubborn self decided not to and now I’m getting hangry.”

In an interview with Us Weekly before the games, Kim said that her favorite fast food is Chipotle and her go-to meal “is anything that I can pop in the oven.”

The Torrance, California, native was determined to enjoy her first Olympics and had suggestions for other hopefuls with Us.

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“My biggest piece of advice would just be to have fun,” she said. “I mean, a lot of times it’s really hard, to get a little overwhelmed.”

The key she said is “keeping it fun and just remembering why you started and why you’re still in love with this sport. Just have fun, keep the smile on your face and you’ll be good.”

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