Chloe Kim Wins in Return to Halfpipe
Chloe Kim Wins First Event in 22 Months
We knew she wasn’t gone for good by any means, but it sure was grand to see Chloe Kim back on snow! Kim competed in and won the Women’s Snowboarding Halfpipe at the Laax Open this past weekend in Switzerland. This was her first competition since the Burton U.S. Open in March of 2019. The reason for her snowy hiatus? The 20-year-old from Long Beach, CA, just took a bit of a break to focus on her Freshman year at Princeton. And to grace the world with her gorgeous singing voice.
The Road To Beijing
Last weekend’s win, was stop numero uno on the year-long road towards the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Chloe was the youngest woman ever to take home the gold medal when she won the Women’s Halfpipe in PyeongChang in 2018, and knows it will not be easy to defend her title. Even though she took the top spot in Laax, she actually fell in her first run and had to fight back in her second run for the win.
She told NBC Sports, “Tonight I wanted to try a new trick on my second run, but at the end of the day, winning is more important.”
Perhaps we’ll get to see those new tricks this coming week in Colorado. Chloe heads back to the X-Games in search of a 5th Women’s Halfpipe title. Congrats, welcome back, and good luck Chloe Kim! We’ll see you this weekend, in a place where the beer flows like wine. Where the women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talkin’ about Aspen!