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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