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Snowboarder Kelly Clark still going strong in fifth Olympics

12 February 2018

There was one problem though: She was too young.

The blustery conditions that wreaked havoc across the way on the slopestyle course at the Pyeongchang Games played a factor on the halfpipe, as well.

That love of snowboarding has been what's allowed her to progress, Kim said. "That's what we always tried to do is have some fun and not take ourselves too seriously when we're at an event. And then once you've landed your run, let the rest of the world decide whether you're the best or not".

After missing out on the 2014 Sochi Olympics because she didn't meet the minimum-age requirement, Kim is a snowboarding veteran at age 17 and a medal favorite in the halfpipe at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

Clark, the 2002 Olympic halfpipe champion, received her fifth Olympic ring, one for the thumb, last week. "If your body doesn't work it becomes very challenging, so I'm happy to say I was able to fully recover". In between she became the first woman to land a 1080 degree jump.

"Now that I think about it, I'm really glad I wasn't able to go", Kim told NBC Olympics a year ago.

Chloe Kim, however, calmed her father's nerves with her dominant performance, finishing first in the qualifying round. Although the two were together for quite some time, Kim decided that it was best to end their relationship because it was causing her some unnecessary stress ahead of her trip to PyeongChang, South Korea. Ideal ice cream weather. "So I think I'll be a little more prepared for things". And she rides longer than anyone. Then, when Kim hit the halfpipe, it was his turn to sleep in the vehicle before making the trek back home.

The American snowboarder said on Twitter Sunday that she was pretty nervous.

They began to see the dividends in 2014.

Kim went on to win gold three times in the X Games between 2015-16, beating out the woman she looked up to - and still does - Kelly Clark, a three-time Olympic medalist.

Chloe Kim in action en route to first place finish in the ladies' FIS Snowboard World Cup at the 2016 U.S Snowboarding Park City Grand Prix on February 6, 2016 in Park City, Utah.

"Women's snowboarding needed someone like Chloe", Wisner said, "who goes big and does big tricks to challenge Kelly".

She does, however, have a celebrity crush, and she's not afraid to talk about it.

When she's not making the halfpipe her own personal playground, Kim is trying to live a semi-normal teenage life. "She takes more runs than anyone", said Clark, a five-time Olympian and three-time Olympic medalist.

"I've had one of the most wonderful snowboard careers anyone could ever hope to have and I got to a point I think after the Vancouver Games (in 2010) and I kind of looked around and I started asking myself what sort of impact was I going to leave on the sport beyond just competition results", she said. "It's because I want her to learn French". She underwent major surgery in April 2016 to fix part of her hamstring that was torn off the bone and reshape her femur.

Now she sees it as a blessing in disguise.

"After I was 9 or 10, it was all uphill for me", Kim said. "It's the fact that I'm Korean-American and the Olympics are going to be in Korea, but I'm also riding for the States". But it just didn't go how I wanted it to go. "Now I can really focus on what I want to do".

Snowboarder Kelly Clark still going strong in fifth Olympics