Chloe Kim takes third straight gold at X games Oslo

Chloe Kim served notice to the rest of women’s snowboarding by dropping the highest score in X Games women’s halfpipe history. Photo: Courtesy of ESPN

By taking home a third straight gold medal in Women’s SuperPipe at X Games Oslo, 15-year-old Chloe Kim made one thing crystal clear: The future generation of snowboarding is here, and it’s not going anywhere.

As reported by TRANSWORLD SNOWBOARDING, Kim came into the competition on an absolute tear, having won gold in Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe in back-to-back X Games and taking gold at the 2016 Youth Winter Olympics in both halfpipe and slopestyle.

How did she follow up those performances? By dropping a blistering 98.00 score on her final run in Oslo — the highest score ever recorded by a woman in SuperPipe in X Games history — after she had already secured gold.

“This is so unbelievable. Oslo is such a beautiful place and I’m just so grateful to be here,” Kim said during the broadcast, reflecting on her record-setting run, which included back-to-back 1080s. “This is insane!”

That win made Kim the youngest X Games athlete ever to win three straight gold medals.

But she wasn’t the only young snowboarder making waves out in Norway: Japan’s Ayumu Hirano, who in 2013 became the youngest (at the time) X Games athlete to medal in a winter event, took gold in Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe.

With his win, 17-year-old Hirano now has one gold and one silver X Games medal to his name.

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